[Great War ep'mera: Asiles des Soldats Invalides Belges, Brussels, Belgium; Edith Cavell] Nicely-printed notebook intended for correspondence filled with illustrations of German and Allied proclamations & illustrations of devastation by Léon Huygens.

Asiles des Soldats Invalides Belges [Brussels, Belgium] [Henri de Schoonen, Président] Léon Huygens (1876-1919), Belgian artist [First World War; the Great War; World War One]
First World War
Publication details: 
[Brussels, Belgium.] Asiles des Soldats Invalides Belges. Circa 1917 or 1918.
SKU: 22688

An unusual piece of First World War ephemera, a nicely-printed notebook intended for correspondence produced to raise funds for the charity. 48pp, 12mo, each page printed on its own leaf of wove paper. The leaves are perfect bound at the head, notebook-style, into grey card printed wraps, but with the glue now brittle and with the leaves now detached from the wraps, and with some leaves now loose. The first leaf carries a full page headed 'Asiles des Soldats Invalides Belges', with text in small print by the Président Henri de Schoonen explaining the 'But de l'Oeuvre' (beginning with 'Construction de maisons pour les invalides dans les communes où ils ont habité precedemment'), beneath a list of the names of the charity's officers, all within a decorative border. The other 47 pages have as letterheads reproductions of German proclamations and other documents relating to the war (some printed in colour), dating from between 1914 and 1917, and of illustrations by L. Huygens of war devastation, each page with the emblem of the Asiles des Soldats Invalides Belges at bottom left. Each image is duplicated several times. Laid down on the front cover, as part of the design is a reproduction of the 1915 German proclamation condemning Edith Cavell and others to death, and the back wrap reproduces a 'Chant Patriotique Belge' in French and Dutch. Printed at the head of the front cover was an armorial shield, with motto 'OEIL POUR OEIL DENT POUR DENT', but with the shield cut away to leave only the motto. Otherwise the item is a good survival, aged and worn but in fair overall condition, with no manuscript additions. The front cover (see image) is the Proclamation senencing Edith Cavell and others to death for treason. No other copy traced.