WALLACE, Sir Donald Mackenzie. The Web of Empire: A Diary of the Imperial Tour of their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall & York in 1901. London, Macmillan and Company, 1902.
Royal 8vo. Original blue cloth, decorated in gilt, all edges gilt; pp. xvi, 504; photogravure portraits of the Duke and Duchess, numerous plates with captioned tissue guards, folding colour-printed world map (this with a little marginal spotting); one slight indenture to spine, foxing to endpapers, otherwise very good.
First edition, presentation copy inscribed and signed by the author to the Countess of Portsmouth on front fly-leaf, the Earl of Portsmouth's engraved heraldic bookplate opposite, inside front cover, printed compliment slip loosely inserted. Wallace was the Assistant Private Secretary to the Duke of Cornwall - the future George V - during the tour. The Royal couple sailed for eight months on H.M.S. Ophir and visited Malta, Ceylon, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, and Mauritius.