Princess Mary's Gift Book was published sometime during WWI and the proceeds were for 'The Queen's "Work for Women" Fund'. Authors like J.M. Barrie, A. Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling and H. Rider Haggard were represented along with original work from Russell Flint, E.J. Detmold, Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac. These were tipped-in color plates and there was work by Rackham and many others in the text.
The third child and only daughter of King George V and Queen Mary HRH The Princess Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary was just 17 when war broke out and the Fund to which she lent her name was the first great national cause with which she became associated.
Published 1914 by Hodder & Stoughton, London 140 pages, 12 colour plates, and numerous other illustrations.
Princess Mary's Gift Book has a certain notoriety attached to it these days since it was discovered in the 1980s that the photos of the Cottingley Fairies dating from the 1920s, and endorsed by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle amongst others as evidence for the existence of fairies, had been based on fairy drawings taken from this book.
Judge for yourself - the only two illustrations of fairies in the book are reproduced below
Claude A. Shepperson 1867-1921