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Churchill, Winston

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About this Item: 1901. Condition: VG. NY 1901 Macmillan. Winston Churchill was American novelist who lived 1871-1947. Hardcover. Octavo, maroon cloth with gilt lettering and trim. 522pp., illustrations by Howard Chandler Christy. Bookplate of James B Pond. **Inscribed to Pond and signed and dated by Churchill on the front free blank. VG. (This book is NOT written nor is it signed by the British Winston Churchill. ). Seller Inventory # a74654

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LA CRISE MONDIALE [THE WORLD CRISIS] Tome: CHURCHILL, Winston

CHURCHILL, Winston

Published by Paris Payot (1928)

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About this Item: Paris Payot, 1928. First French edition of the second part of The World Crisis. Original paper wrappers, printed in blue. Author's presentation copy, inscribed to the half-title, "To Vice Admiral P. Guépratte K.C.B. from Winston S. Churchill 24 Sept. 1930". Hinges reinforced with tape and spine worn with splits to the base, a good copy. Emile-Paul-Aimable Guépratte was commander of the French fleet, which was sent to the Dardanelles to join the Anglo-French force commanded by Admiral Sackville Carden in early 1915 as part of Churchill's ultimately decisive, but disastrously costly, attack on the Turkish forts. Guépratte led the forward squadron, which was effectively ambushed between a well prepared minefield and Turkish artillery, resulting in an almost immediate loss of three ships and 600 lives. Although the mission was regarded as a disaster, Guépratte was lauded for his bravery and was awarded the Order of St George. Churchill devotes a short chapter to the Dardanelles attack in this book, in which he refers to Guépratte's gallantry. Seller Inventory # 37175

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Churchill, Winston S.

Published by Charles Scribner's Sons: NY (1931)

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About this Item: Charles Scribner's Sons: NY, 1931. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Maps, 9.5 x 6.75", blue cloth, 866pp with index, covers quite worn, spine toned, hinges loose, pp toned. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, INSCRIBED "Inscribed by.for Veronica Hutchinson Feb 1932" AND SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, WINSTON S. CHURCHILL. Seller Inventory # 21-1041

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CHURCHILL, Winston

Published by Thornton Butterworth Limited (1923), London (1923)

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About this Item: Thornton Butterworth Limited (1923), London, 1923. Hardcover. Third Edition. The first of five volumes, published a few months after the first edition. SIGNED by the author on the front blank: "Winston S. Churchill/19 Mar. 1924." Spotting to the cloth. Very Good, lacking the dustwrapper. Seller Inventory # 018645

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28 April 1927 Typed Signed Letter from: Winston S. Churchill

About this Item: 11 Downing Street, London, 1927. Letter. This 28 April 1927 typed, signed letter from then-Chancellor of the Exchequer Winston S. Churchill to literary agent Curtis Brown questions printing costs for Volume III of The World Crisis. The letter is intriguing for documenting early relations with Brown, whose firm continues to represent the Churchill family, for demonstrating Churchill s ongoing drive to expunge the lingering taint of his role in the First World War, and for showing Churchill s full engagement in his literary endeavors even while consumed with his Cabinet duties. The letter is typed on a single sheet of embossed "11 Downing Street, Whitehall. S. W." Exchequer stationery with Curtis Brown s date stamp receipt hand-dated "4/29/27" at the upper left corner. Churchill asks for an examination of "the charges for the printer s corrections" and expresses specific surprise "at the item of £131.9.3 for preparing maps for the printer." He states "I must ask for the account in the fullest detail, and also for the actual cost of printing the maps." and concludes "I am sending you a copy of the "Account for Corrections, etc." which has been prepared for me by Mr. Butterworth." The letter concludes with Churchill s holograph valedictory and signature "Yours vy trly, Winston S. Churchill". The referenced "Account of Corrections, etc." accompanies the letter, with a paperclip stain at the upper left corner matching a companion stain on the letter. The accounts statement is dated "27th April 1927" and specifically references "The World Crisis Volume III." The itemized list of £603.2.5 includes the sum of £131.9.3 for "preparing maps for printers" questioned by Churchill. Other detailed charges include "Overtime", deleted matter, errata slip printing and insertion "in 7500 volumes", Index preparation, and "extra copies of Earl Haig s letter". Condition of the letter and accompanying statement is very good. Both pages are complete, with no loss or tears, each showing three horizontal creases from original posting. Apart from the paperclip stains, the letter and accompanying itemized list of charges show only minor soiling and toning. The letter was formerly part of the legendary Churchill collection of Malcolm S. Forbes, Jr. The important literary and talent agency founded in 1899 by American-born Albert Curtis Brown (1886-1945) still bears his name and still represents many Churchill family intellectual property assets, also working closely with the Sir Winston Churchill Archive Trust. The World Crisis is Winston Churchill's epic history of the First World War, in which he nearly lost both his political career and his corporeal life. First Lord of the Admiralty from 1911 until 1915, after the Dardanelles disaster, Churchill was scapegoated and forced to resign. He spent political exile as a lieutenant colonel leading a battalion in the trenches. Before war's end, Churchill was exonerated and rejoined the Government, but the stigma lingered, providing more than just a literary compulsion to write his history, published in six books between 1923 and 1931. Part III (published 3 March 1927) covers 1916-1918, including Churchill's time at the Front and subsequent return to the Cabinet. It was for The World Crisis that Churchill first engaged Brown in the 1920s, driving a hard bargain; Brown would earn his 10 per cent commission only if royalties exceeded £15,000. (No More Champagne: Churchill and His Money, 126-127) When Churchill wrote this letter, he had introduced his third Budget in the House of Commons just a few weeks prior and addressed the House of Commons about the Budget on both the 26th and 28th of April. It is interesting that Churchill impressed his concerns about his publisher s charges on his Chancellor of the Exchequer stationery. Despite the fact that "there were few writers of importance who were not Curtis Brown clients at some point in their careers" (ODNB) only one Brown client controlled the budget of the British Empire. Seller Inventory # 004576

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The World Crisis 1916-1918. Vol. I.: Churchill, Winston S

Churchill, Winston S

Published by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York (1927)

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About this Item: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1927. True first edition of the first volume in the Part III of Churchill's The World Crisis. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with numerous maps (many folding), charts, facsimiles, photographs. Boldly signed by Winston Churchill on the front free endpaper. In near fine condition. Churchill's American biographer William Manchester purported The World Crisis to be Churchill's masterpiece. The work was published over a period of eight years, resulting in a final six-volume, 3,261-page account of the Great War, beginning with its origins in 1911 and ending with its repercussions in the 1920s. Magnificently written, it is enhanced by the presence of the author at the highest councils of war and in the trenches as a battalion commander. In agreement with Manchester, British historian Robert Rhodes James wrote of the work: For all its pitfalls as history, The World Crisis must surely stand as Churchill s masterpiece. As first lord of the admiralty and minister for war and air, Churchill stood resolute at the center of international affairs. In this classic account, he dramatically details how the tides of despair and triumph flowed and ebbed as the political and military leaders of the time navigated the dangerous currents of world conflict. Churchill vividly recounts the major campaigns that shaped the war: the furious attacks of the Marne, the naval maneuvers off Jutland, Verdun's "soul-stirring frenzy," and the surprising victory of Chemins des Dames. Here, too, he re-creates the dawn of modern warfare: the buzz of airplanes overhead, trench combat, artillery thunder, and the threat of chemical warfare. In Churchill's inimitable voice we hear how "the war to end all wars" instead gave birth to every war that would follow. "The World Crisis is at once an outstandingly readable history of the First World War -- the seminal drama of modern times -- and an eyewitness account, especially of its opening years. Whether as a statesman or an author, Churchill was a giant; and The World Crisis towers over most other books about the Great War" (David Fromkin). This comprehensive account of the War is both analytical and on occasions a justification from the author for his part in the proceedings. It is claimed that Churchill suggested this work was "not history, but a contribution to history." Since its publication both biographers and historians have considered it Churchill's masterpiece, eclipsing his better-known account 'The Second World War'; T. E. Lawrence regarded the second volume, 1915, as "far and away the best war-book I've yet read.". Seller Inventory # 116722

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The World Crisis, 1911-1918. Abridged and revised: CHURCHILL, Winston S.

CHURCHILL, Winston S.

Published by London: Macmillan & Co. Ltd, 1941 (1941)

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About this Item: London: Macmillan & Co. Ltd, 1941, 1941. Octavo. Original dark blue cloth, gilt lettered spine. With the dust jacket. Jacket spine toned and partially torn at head (with some loss), pale blue circular stain on front panel, a few nicks and chips, touch of foxing to fore-edge of book block, otherwise a very good copy. 49 maps and plans (many folding). First Macmilllan edition of the "Abridged and Revised Edition" in one volume, first issued by Thornton Butterworth in February 1931. Presentation copy from a grateful Churchill to the pathologist who attended his daughter Mary, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Inscribed by Winston S. Churchill for S. C. Dyke, May 1942". With a typed letter signed tipped to the front pastedown: "Dear Mr. Dyke, The Prime Minister has asked me to send the enclosed copy of 'The World Crisis', which he hopes you will accept as a small recognition of your services when you attended his daughter, Mary. Mr. Churchill is very grateful to you for all the trouble you took on that occasion", signed by Kathleen Hill (Churchill's personal private secretary), embossed 10 Downing Street letterhead, dated 26 May 1942. In 1941 the 19-year old Mary Churchill joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service - becoming an "ATS girl" - and served with an anti-aircraft battery in London, Belgium and Germany. In a letter to Randolph, Churchill described her as having "all the qualities to win her way, and is the greatest darling that can be imagined" (quoted by Martin Gilbert in Winston S. Churchill, Volume VI, p. 1177). We have not been able to identify the nature of Mary Churchill's presumed illness. Following the Great War Sidney Campbell Dyke (1886-1975) "was appointed Assistant Bacteriologist at the School of Medicine of the University of Durham in 1918, but in 1920 he was invited by Sir Cuthbert Wallace to join the new Clinical Laboratory at St. Thomas's Hospital. In 1924 he was admitted MRCP and gained the DM Oxon., and in the same year he was appointed Pathologist and Bacteriologist to the South Staffordshire General Hospital, now the Royal Hospital, Wolverhampton, where he worked until his retirement in 1952 He will always be remembered for the creation of the Association of Clinical Pathologists (ACP) He had a gift for informed conversation backed by apt quotation (often from the Bible) and he had a true interest in the opinions of all people, from the most junior members of the Association to the most erudite. Dyke's influence in developing clinical pathology must have had a profound effect on the whole progress of medicine since the Second World War" (Royal College of Physicians online). A very appealing provenance, throwing light on a little documented episode of Churchill's personal history during the dark days of 1942. Cohen A69.14.a.; Langworth, Connoisseurs Guide, p. 116 ("When Thornton Butterworth went out of business in 1940, most of their Churchill works were subsequently published by Macmillan"). Seller Inventory # 123690

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The World Crisis, Six Volumes: Churchill, Winston S.

Churchill, Winston S.

Published by Thornton Butter worth Limited, London (1923)

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About this Item: Thornton Butter worth Limited, London, 1923. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. First English edition. All First editions. First Published April, 1923 stated on copyright page of first volume, and then all other volumes have subsequent dates. Volume 3 is INSCRIBED by Churchill on a front free end paper to Kenneth Dewar, who was a prominent and controversial figure in the British navy as well as a top adviser to Churchill. From Wikipedia --Churchill wrote an anti-Jellicoe tract in his World Crisis, Volume III which in large measure shared Dewar's views on tactics and even some diagrams.[38] Although Dewar would later become a supporter of the Labour Party, after Churchill was passed over for a cabinet position in 1931 Dewar wrote to him on 16 November, "I am very sorry to see that you are not in the new Cabinet. I had hoped you would go to the Admiralty and do very necessary work for the Navy." Volume 4 is annotated by Dewar with some fascinating comments on Churchill's version of events in which he had personal knowledge. Thornton Butterworth, London, 1923-1931. Original blue cloth. Original dust jackets. Books and dust jackets are all correct firsts. Books are all generally in very good condition with some wear and soiling, and some volumes have darkening on front free end papers. Dust jackets are in very good condition, some wear and tanning; vol. 4 is in fair condition with flaps detached from panels, pieces missing, spine from other dust jacket; vol. 6 has a closed tear on spine from top to almost bottom. Housed in custom-made slipcases. Seller Inventory # 1407531

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The World Crisis, a remarkable set of: Winston S. Churchill

Winston S. Churchill

Published by Thornton Butterworth Limited, London (1923)

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About this Item: Thornton Butterworth Limited, London, 1923. Hardcover. First edition. This is an extraordinary inscribed and annotated British first edition set of Churchill's history of the First World War. Each of the five books (the 1916-1918 book was issued in two volumes) is inscribed and dated by Churchill to his Aunt Clara. Clarita "Clara" Jerome Frewen (1851-1935) was the eldest sister of Churchill's mother and wife of Moreton Frewen, the famously slipshod editor of Churchill's first book, The Story of the Malakand Field Force. Three inscriptions are dated pre-publication and all five are warmly personal, with Churchill using only his first name. The inscriptions alone would make the set a prize, but it is the second family association that makes the set a unique piece of history. The books passed to Clara's son and Churchill's first cousin, Captain Oswald Moreton Frewen (1887-1958). Oswald was a career naval officer who served under Churchill's leadership as First Lord of the Admiralty during both the First and Second World Wars. Oswald participated in every naval engagement in the North Sea during the First World War, after the war helped the Admiralty prepare the official history of the Battle of Jutland, and during the Second World War served as King's Harbour Master of Scapa Flow. THE ANNOTATIONS: Of note, according to the Frewen family, Oswald's own 1916 diary "is considered to be part of the United Kingdom's national archives because of his description of the Battle of Jutland," with a claim upon the volume made by the Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth, England. Oswald's extensive annotations in this set appear throughout the two 1916-1918 volumes and run to thousands of words. These annotations are remarkably informed and informative, sharply critical, and compellingly interesting - to both collectors and scholars. Some of Oswald's criticism may be attributed to his partisan admiration of Admiral Jellicoe, some perhaps to jealousy toward a famous cousin. Nonetheless, Oswald's comments are not without some expressed admiration for his Cousin Winston's gifts - both literary and as a leader. And tempering the sharp criticism is the knowledge that Oswald actively sought - and received - his cousin Winston's inscriptions in books that Oswald read and annotated until Oswald's death in 1958. We have transcribed the entirety of Captain Frewen's annotations, producing a 22-page document which we will provide upon request. CONDITION: This set is in sound, unrestored condition, with the original bindings firm and intact - well short of fine but of course to be prized far more for provenance and content than for condition. Five volumes are first edition, first printing. Volume I, the 1911-1914 volume, is first edition, second printing (printed only three days after publication of the first printing). The blue cloth bindings are square and tight, but show some of the scuffing endemic to the smooth navy cloth and some wear to extremities. We note the following: slight outward warping to the 1915 volume boards; some minor fraying at the head of the 1915 volume spine; minor blistering of The Aftermath cloth (to which this particular volume was prone) on the upper front cover and lower right of the spine; minor discoloration spots to The Eastern Front front cover and a wrinkle (binding error rather than blistering) in the upper rear cover cloth. Spotting is substantially confined to the page edges and first and final leaves, the heaviest instance within the set observed on the inscribed page of the 1915 volume. We note no previous ownership marks beyond the author's inscriptions and Captain Frewen's annotations. The set is housed in a navy cloth slipcase with gilt print and decoration. PROVENANCE: This set has remained in the Frewen family until now, providing both sterling provenance and a unique opportunity for collectors. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A69.2(I).d, A69.2(II).a, A69.2(III-1).a, A69.2(III-2).a, A69.2(IV).a, A69.2(V).a.; Woods/ICS A31(ab), Langworth p.105. Seller Inventory # 003220

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