EDWARD VII, King of Great Britain and Ireland (1841-1910); Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha; Arthur, Duke of Connaught. Album containing pressed flowers and leaves from journeys in the United States of America, Canada, Europe, the Holy Land and the Aegean, signed and inscribed by Edward VII (8 pages, once as 'Albert Edward', the remainder with initials 'A.E.'), Prince Alfred (7 pages), Prince Arthur (2 pages) and others, September 1860 - 1 April 1865.
The flower cuttings include specimens taken by the future king from 'The Prairies of Illinois' and a number of sites in and around Jerusalem, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Garden of Gethsemane and the Mount of Olives. A note by Prince Alfred records a plant 'Given to me, by Mr Dodge of the Southern States exploring Expedition, at Halifax Octber 1861 who brought it from Port Faulke, Lat = 788" N. North Greenland, Their Winter Quarters'.
The future Edward VII travelled in the United States in 1860, immediately after a tour of Canada: though officially travelling incognito, he was received with enormous enthusiasm. The young prince's tour of the Holy Land, early in 1862, was undertaken in a very different mood, in the aftermath of the death of Prince Albert. The first English prince to visit the Holy Land since Edward I, he also became the first European to set foot in the mosque at Hebron, an experience which occasioned his remark 'High station has after all ... some advantages'. Prince Alfred's visit to Canada in 1861 was as a midshipman on on the Euryalus; Prince Arthur, Queen Victoria's favourite son, made an educational tour of the Holy Land in 1865.