New York; Nd(ca.1919): D. Aooleton and Co. Octavo. Item #027502
3 volumes in one. 294p, 323p, 255p (872 pages). A small print run issued in 1919. Presented to Frank Rivers Hancock by some of his comrades and friends. He was honored with a lovely calligraphic page decorated in black, blue, brown and gilt and signed by over 50 of his Quaker friends who admired his surviving prison and for refusing to serve in the British Army. Frank's original occupation was "Agent and Collector" - a door to door insurance sales worker who was also a Methodist preacher. When World War I broke out, the British recruited him for military service but he filed for conscientious objector status which was denied. He was arrested on 28 May 1917 and spent two years hard labor first at Scrobs and then at Dartmoor. While there, he joined the Quakers. He had made four appeals to the local MST(Military Service Tribunals), on conscientious objection grounds. He was turned down on each occasion. For further details of what they endured check out the site Voices of the First World War: Conscientious Objection.Bound in green cloth decorated in blind, lettered and ruled in gilt, spine lettered and decorated in gilt and blind, top edge gilt, some spots of rubbing or wear through to corners and spine ends. A very nice copy.