John Wadsworth. Published by Hodder and Stoughton, London. Deluxe presentation first edition, May 1946. HB (red half morocco leather and heavy beige cloth with gilt-titled spine). Frontispiece* + 106 pages + 27 plates. 150 x 250mm. A fascinating account of the Midland bank Ltd., during the war, especially that part of the book devoted to the only part of Britain occupied during the war, the Channel Islands. Tipped onto the front endpaper is a part printed, part handwritten presentation. No dj. Short split (5cm) to front hinge, corners bumped, otherwise good to very good and clean. The text block is on slightly larger, heavier paper, hand-cut and untrimmed, than the 2nd edition.
*The frontispiece is a photograph of a 1 shilling note issued by the States of Jersey to relieve the shortage of small change during the war. Many of the plates depict branches of the London City and Midland Bank damaged by German bombing, with before and after photographs, maps, diagrams of changes in manpower, public notices etc.
The dedication reads: To all working at the branch of the Bank at CHANCERY LANE in the CITY OF LONDON with whom the author share the exhilarating days and nights of air-raids, flying bombs and rockets.
Midland Bank - Channel Islands - Jersey - Banknotes
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