Title: The Royal Mail Case (Rex v. Lord Kylsant and...
Publisher: William Hodge & Co., London 1933
Publication Date: 1933
Edition: 1st Edition276pp frontispiece, plus five monotone plates. Ownership signature in blue ink on front free endpaper. Internally with a few marginal marks, mostly in pencil. 14.5 x 22 cm. Original red cloth, binding firm, top page edges dusty, some darkening to margins of cover, spine a little faded. Provenance:- the copy of Hugh Quennell (1902-55), with his ownership signature. Quennell was a partner in the city Law firm of Saughter & May & SOE's senior representative in Gibraltar in 1941 controlling North Africa the Western Mediterranean and the sea communications to Southern France and recruiting a number of his legal colleagues. He set up a clandestine radio network linking Gibraltar with Tangier, French & Spanish Morocco, Algeria and Spain. At one point he blew up a German wireless station in Algeciras- and, in plotting to destroy large stocks of rubber-destined for the Germans- he claimed was targeted in the quay at Tangiers with a bomb that killed 25 and injured 60 people, but Quennell was unharmed; German propaganda insisted that the explosion was a British accident. Legal and scientific publisher, Butterworths & Co/Butterworth-Springer Ltd was set up by SIS, with Hugh Quennell a Director and later sold in 1951 to the disgraced Robert Maxwell. This copy was acquired from the descendants of Tony Hoolahan Q.C., a prominent libel lawyer who successfully prosecuted Private Eye, (represented by John Mortimer of Rumpole fame) on behalf of Desmond Wilcox (married to Esther Rantzen of "That's Life" fame) in 1982. The director of the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, Lord Kylsant, had falsified a trading prospectus with the aid of the company accountant to make it look as if the company was profitable and to entice potential investors. Following an independent audit instigated by HM Treasury, Kylsant and John Moreland, the company auditor, were arrested and charged with falsifying both the trading prospectus and company records and accounts. Although they were acquitted of falsifying records and accounts, Kylsant was found guilty of falsifying the trading prospectus and sentenced to twelve months in prison. The company was then liquidated, and reconstituted as The Royal Mail Lines Ltd with the backing of the British government.