Whiteley's Schoolboys' Story Book published by William Whiteley Ltd. circa 1925. This is a charming quarto annual with an illustrated cloth spine on illustrated paper boards of a bi-plane flying over the desert. The book contains 16 fabulous full-page chromolithograph images (such as 'Badges of famous public schools', 'Naval flags and rankings', 'British butterflies') and many line drawings within the text. There are 26 stories and articles written by notable authors Algernon Blackwood, Tom Bevan, Bohun Lynch and R A H Goodyear. The subjects range from fiction ('Simpson does his bit', 'The riddle of Ben Rhu' and 'Justice first' for example), to 'What a bird's egg tells', 'The making of a lawn tennis player', 'A first lesson in boxing' and 'The lure of the trout stream'. Commensurate with its age, this copy shows signs of wear and tear. The edges of the boards are very worn, the cover has some dark marks and is scuffed, and the corners are bumped and rubbed. The cloth spine is fraying at the bottom and weak at the top. The back cover is sundamaged. The binding is just about holding, although the frontispiece is coming loose. There is an ink inscription to the inside front cover. All pages are intact, although foxed and yellowed, and the colour illustrations are bright and clean. An extremely scarce copy of a book of its time, sold in the Whiteley's Department store in Bayswater, London, which was to be taken over by Selfridges in 1927.