Excerpt from Stanley Baldwin's 1924 speech "What England means to me".
Calligraphy and illumination by Jessie Bayes. Signed on fol. 3r: "Jessie . Bayes . pinx:".
Illustrations: Fol. 1v: Coat of arms of England surrounded by acorns and Tudor roses -- Fol. 2v-3r: Text within a wide illuminated border of bucolic landscapes and portraits (Joseph of Arimathea, St. George, St. Hilda, St. Alban, Geoffrey Chaucer, St. Cuthbert, Caedmon, Edward the Confessor, William Shakespeare, Henry V, St. Dunstan) -- Fol. 3v: Historiated initial depicting a woman picking daisies in a field -- Fol. 4v: Illuminated lion of England.
On fol. 5r is William Blake's poem "The golden string" with the heading "Jerusalem".
From the collection of Harry and Virginia Walton -- Acquired through the Dorothy C. Armstrong Endowment from Bloomsbury Auctions, May 21, 2009 (auction Apr. 4, 2009, lot 169).
Binding: Contemporary limp vellum; two green ribbon ties.