New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, , . First edition. Both books signed and inscribed to Harry and Melissa, the King's on a tipped in note on letterhead from April 1951 and the Duchess's on the half title. Both books clean, tight, and square with the most minimal signs of shelfwear to extremities. Housed together in a custom clamshell decorated with gilt.
One of the most iconic and mythologized couples of the modern age, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor continue to stir the imagination. An American socialite and divorcee, Simpson was a verboten match for the newly named King Edward VIII, whose role as leader of the Church of England prevented his marriage to anyone with a previous union. Throughout his life, Edward would insist on making decisions based on his love of Wallis above his love of country; and thus, in 1936, as England stood on the brink of war with Germany, he adbicated his throne to marry her. Amid depictions of the couple in the news, on film and screen, and in history, and surrounded by debated about the couple's Nazi sympathies, political intrigues, and infidelities, Edward and Wallis' joint memoirs provide their version of the events that shaped them through childhood into the adults they became, leading to their marriage and life in exile in France. Near Fine (Item #2667)