KING ALBERT'S BOOK.
187 page large hardback book (29cm x 22.5cm) published by The Daily Telegraph 1914.
Content: This is a rare 1st edition of King Albert's Book - A Tribute to the Belgian King and People from Representative Men and Women Throughout the World sold for the benefit of The Daily Telegraph Belgium Fund.
Includes work by G. K. Chesterton, Winston Churchill, John Galsworthy, Thomas Hardy, W. D. Howells, Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, Alfred Noyes, President Taft, and Edith Wharton and many more. The book also includes musical scores by Claude Debussy, Edward Elgar and many more.
Beautifully illustrated throughout with colour tipped plates & numerous illustrations, some full colour, many full page. Artists include Edmund Dulac, Kay Nielsen, Maxfield Parrish, Joseph Pennell, and Arthur Rackham & many more.
Albert I, King of the Belgians (April 8, 1875 – February 17, 1934) was the third King of the Belgians. Born Albert Léopold Clément Marie Meinrad in Brussels, he was the younger son of Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders, and succeeded his uncle, Leopold II of Belgium, on the throne on December 17, 1909. His grandfather, Leopold I, had been the first King of the Belgians, and his aunt, the first princess of Belgium, was Empress Carlota of Mexico.
He was married on October 2, 1900 to Duchess Elisabeth Gabrielle Valérie Marie in Bavaria, a Wittelsbach princess whom he met at a family funeral. She became Queen Elisabeth of the Belgians. A daughter of Karl-Theodor, Duke in Bavaria, and his wife, the Infanta Maria-Josepha of Portugal, she was born at Possenhofen, Bavaria, Germany on July 25, 1876, and died on November 23, 1965. With the death of his elder brother, Prince Baudouin in 1891 (a 22 year-old bachelor), Albert became third and direct-in-line for the throne. He became Count of Flanders (and heir-presumptive to the Belgian throne), upon the death of his father in 1905. Following the death of his uncle King Leopold II in 1909, Albert succeeded to the throne. At the beginning of World War I, Albert resisted the German advance and held them off long enough for Britain and France to prepare for the Battle of the Marne (September 6 - 9, 1914), famously responding to the German desire to move soldiers through his country, "I rule a nation, not a road!". He led his army through the Battle of the Yser and at the end of the war back into its own territory. He re-entered Brussels to a hero's welcome.
King Albert I died in a climbing accident at Marche-les-Dames, in the Ardennes region of Belgium near Namur. He is interred in the Royal vault at the Church of Our Lady, Laeken Cemetery, Brussels, Belgium.
Condition: Good. THE HARD COVER IS A LITTLE "GRUBBY" AND THERE IS SOME "AGE TONING" ON THE PAGES,BUT IN GOOD OVERALL USED CONDITION.
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King Albert's Book
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