Mrs Robert Henrey. The Virgin of Aldermanbury: Rebirth of the City of London. London: J. M. Dent & Sons, 1958.

Included in the official canon, glossed ‘(the rebuilding of the City)’.

Reviewed Tatler, June 25 1958, p. 31; Times Literary Supplement, July 25 1958, p. 8; Sunday Times, July 27 1958, p. 7.

The Virgin of Aldermanbury ran to 253 pp. Demy 8vo (c. 88K words) bound in black cloth boards with gilt spine titling, fourteen chapters with sixty-nine scene breaks. It came out with a watercolour frontispiece of the church and garden by Phyllis Ginger—reused on the jacket—as well as fourteen black and white drawings in the text by the same artist. A map with little figures and handwritten captions by David Ghilchik similar to his end papers in previous books was placed as a black and white spread on pp. 18 and 19. It was the first of the books in the corpus to have a modern copyright notice (‘© Mrs Robert Henrey’ and the year), the previous titles having carried just the year of first impression and ‘All rights reserved’ or ‘This book is copyright’.