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CHURCHILL (Winston S.)

Published by George Harrap & Co. Ltd, London (1936)

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About this Item: George Harrap & Co. Ltd, London, 1936. First Edition. Frontispiece, plates, facsimiles, maps and plans (seven folding, three with colour). First Edition. 8vo. [238 x 155 x 48 mm]. [1]f, 607, [1] pp. Bound in the original mauve cloth, arms blocked in gilt on front cover, spine lettered in gilt, top edge gilt. (Spine and head of the covers faded). With the errata slip. Occasional light foxing or spotting, mostly at the front and rear and to the fore-edge. Inscribed in ink on the front free endleaf: "To H. Beckett Overy with all good wishes from Winston S. Churchill Nov.1936". Harry Beckett-Overy (1875-1950) was born at Brenchley in Kent the first of 13 children to Henry Overy, a farmer, and his wife Sarah. He assumed the name Beckett-Overy after his marriage with Mary Beckit in 1906. He was educated at Kent College, Swanley Agricultural College, the University of St. Andrews and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, graduating from Edinburgh University in 1902. He served at various London hospitals, and during the 1914-18 war he was medical officer in charge of the Londonderry House hospital for officers in Park Lane. He later practised as a gynaecological surgeon, first at 19 Lowndes Street and then at 15 Herbert Crescent. He was Honorary Secretary of the British Gynaecological Society and Vice-President of obstetrics and gynaecology section of the Royal Society of Medicine. His publications included 'Treatment of varicose veins by sclerosing injections' (1927). Beckett-Overy also acted as personal physician or consultant to Winston and Clementine Churchill. The Churchill Archive at Cambridge includes notes on the Parke-Davies Dietary written by Beckett-Overy in the 1930s (CHAR1/391) and a letter dated 11/10/1935 reporting on Randolph Churchill's voice (CHAR1/272/21). There is also a letter dated 15/11/1937 from Sir Raymond Crawford to Beckett-Overy including a translation of a prescription for John, 1st Duke of Marlborough for a decochon to treat his penis (CHAR28/146B/21). He gives the possible problem as "a gouty balanitis" and comments "I tremble to think what his penis must have been like after a few injections of turpentine". This information was duly forwarded to Churchill by Beckett-Overy, who may have picked up on the repeated references to Marlborough's ailments in this volume of his biography. When Churchill was ill on 31/10/1940 he turned to Beckett-Overy who wrote a few days later "I wanted you to take the castor oil for I felt it was an opportunity to clear out whatever was irritating you". Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # ebc4888

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Marlborough His Life and Times:Complete in 4: Winston S.Churchill

Winston S.Churchill

Published by George,G,Harrap & Co Ltd, London (1934)

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About this Item: George,G,Harrap & Co Ltd, London, 1934. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. First Edition:First Printing:Book Condition:Volume I:New Edition, Revised: Published November 1934:A Very Good/Near Fine copy, very gently bumped top and bottom of the spine, corners very gently bumped, very gently sunned top and bottom edge of spine tips and top edge of front and rear boards, top edge of pages gilt remainder gently toned, front prelims gently foxed, a few pages of the text with sporadic foxing, internally very clean and bright, tight binding, signed by the author to the half title page as follows:"To Jack and Joan from Winston Christmas 1934". It is very uncommon to see Churchill sign a book using his first name only and this clearly demonstrates the affection with which he held the Camden family. Jack and Joan are Sir John Charles Pratt (1872-1943) 4th Marquess of Camden and his wife Lady Joan Marion Neville (1877-1952). The relationship between the two families goes back a long way the 3rd Marquess of Camden married Lady Clementina Augusta Spencer-Churchill.The front paste down bears a Camden bookplate with the Marquess Coat of Arms.Dustjacket Condition:A Very Good Third Impression jacket correct for this issue, gently rubbed and chipped top and bottom of the spine and corners, small piece missing bottom edge of back of jacket, spine gently toned, retains original publishers price.Volume II:First Edition:First Printing:Published 1934:A Very Good/Near Fine copy, gently bumped top and bottom of the spine and corners, spine tips very gently sunned, top of page edges gilt, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Dustjacket Condition: A Very Good First Impression jacket correct for this issue, very gently rubbed and chipped top and bottom of the spine and corners, spine gently toned, retains original publishers price.Volume III:First Edition:First Printing:Published 1936:A Very Good/Near Fine copy, gently bumped bottom of the spine, top of spine tip sunned, top edge of pages gilt, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Dustjacket Condition:A Very Good First Impression jacket correct for this issue, very gently rubbed and chipped top and bottom of the spine and corners with some small loss, spine gently toned, retains original publishers price.Volume IV:First Edition:First Printing:Published 1938:Book Condition:A Very Good/Near Fine copy, very gently bumped top and bottom of the spine, corners very gently rubbed, top edges of pages gilt, front board very gently sunned near top edge, two small off white marks to edge of front board, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Dustjacket Condition:A Near Fine First Impression jacket correct for this issue, very gently rubbed and chipped top and bottom of the spine and corners, spine very gently toned, retains original publishers price.The Four Volumes are housed in two purpose made Slipcases(Near Fine Condition) covered in blue woven cloth.Overall a magnificent 4 Volume First Edition Set one million words long and ten years in the making probably Churchill's greatest biography offered with FREE WORLD WIDE SHIPPING. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 001010

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Marlborough. His Life and Times.: CHURCHILL, Winston S.

CHURCHILL, Winston S.

Published by London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd, 19338 (1933)

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About this Item: London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd, 19338, 1933. 4 volumes, octavo. Original purple cloth over lightly bevelled boards, gilt-lettered spines, Marlborough crest gilt to front boards, top edges gilt. Spines faded, occasional foxing to contents; a very good copy of a publication prone to fading. Portrait frontispiece to each volume, 99 additional plates, 14 facsimiles of letters, and 182 maps and plans, several folding. First editions, first impressions, trade issue, inscribed by the author in vol. IV on the front free endpaper, "To Craigavon, from Winston Churchill. August 1938". The recipient was James Craig, 1st Viscount Craigavon (18711940), and the first Prime Minister of Northern Ireland. Churchill was grateful for the Ulster loyalist support he received in his wilderness year of 1938. For Christmas in 1938 (the same year as this book was inscribed), Craigavon presented Churchill with a silver cup "engraved with speeches on Ulster by his father, himself, and his son Randolph" (Loughlin, p. 92). "Marlborough: his Life and Times took its place at once among the classics of historical writing. As the story of his ancestor's leadership of a grand alliance to prevent the domination of the continent by a single power, it was also a source of inspiration to Churchill in his campaign against appeasement" (ODNB). Ironically, in the latter half of 1938 when the three "Treaty" ports of Cobh, Berehaven, Lough Swilly were given up against Churchill's wishes, "partly in a vain attempt to convince Hitler that peaceful negotiation and conciliation was the best path although the Unionist government did protest against the deal on the Irish ports, their protest was a qualified one. Lord Craigavon, in the end, professed a willingness to be 'bribed' by government contracts for Belfast firms. Some observers believed that Craigavon in essence supported the policy of appeasement. The low-key betrayal by a friend brings home the full extent of Churchill's powerlessness in 1938" (Bew, Churchill and Ireland). Cohen A97.2(I-IV).a; Langworth pp. 1668; Woods A40(a). Loughlin, Ulster Unionism and British National Identity Since 1885, 1995; Bew, Churchill and Ireland, 2016. Seller Inventory # 123841

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Marlborough: His Life and Times, a full: Winston S. Churchill

Winston S. Churchill

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About this Item: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., London, 1933. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. This jacketed full British first edition, first printing set of Churchill's Marlborough is inscribed and dated by Churchill in Volume II. Churchill signed only his first name indicating that the recipient was a personal friend or close associate. The inscription is in black ink on four lines on the ffep reading "To Mary M | from | Winston | Nov. 1934". Mary M is Lady Mary Minto - more formally Lady Mary Caroline Elliot Murray Kynynmound, Countess of Minto (1858-1940). Lady Minto was the wife of Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 4th Earl of Minto (1845-1914) who served as Governor General of Canada from 1898-1904 and Viceroy of India from 1905-1910. When Churchill was a young officer in India seeking notoriety with despatches for The Daily Telegraph, it was Lord Minto who recognized Churchill's talent, but advised Churchill's mother, Lady Randolph, not to sign Winston's name to his work. Churchill's mother initially followed this advice, to the consternation of Winston who subsequently insisted on publishing his name with his despatches: "I had written them with the design of bringing my personality before the electorate. As to getting in trouble with the authorities, I am just as responsible now that they are not signed as if they had been." (Gilbert, Vol. I, pp. 355-356). Rejecting Lord Minto's advice harmed neither Churchill's career nor his relationship with the Mintos; Churchill spent Christmas 1900 as their guest at Government House in Ottawa. Also present was Pamela Plowden, in whom Churchill had harbored strong romantic interest. Still seeing to young Winston's welfare, Lord Minto wrote to Winston's mother "I think he ran no risks here - everything seemed to me to be very tolerably platonic". (Gilbert, Vol. I, p. 544). When Lord Minto was appointed Viceroy of India in 1905, Churchill was already a seasoned five-year veteran of Parliament. This time it was Winston who expressed concerns to Lady Randolph, but Lord Minto proved responsible for much admired reforms under the Liberal government of Churchill's party. (Gilbert, Vol. II, p.95) Lord Minto died in 1914, but Lady Minto lived to see the impetuously talented young man she hosted for Christmas in 1900 become Prime Minister of wartime Britain in 1940. Clearly, their association endured in the interval, as he inscribed this volume to her in 1934. Churchill's monumental biography of his great ancestor, John Churchill first Duke of Marlborough, was a ten year effort and is the most substantial published work of Churchill's "wilderness years" in the 1930s. The final volume was published on the eve of the Second World War. Published in four volumes between 1933 and 1938, Marlborough was well received - both critically and aesthetically. Collectors please note that the inscribed Volume II is a first edition, first printing - not a later printing. This volume is in fine condition. The binding is clean, tight, and square with no fading and virtually no wear. The contents are crisp, bright, and tight, appearing unread. A trivial hint of spotting is confined to the text block edges, which remain bright white with no age-toning. Age has slightly faded the author's inscription, but it remains clear with no ink spreading or smudging. The Volume II dust jacket is a true first printing, unclipped and highly complete with minor wear to extremities, minor soiling and spine toning and a closed tear at the upper front hinge. Volumes I, III, and IV are likewise first edition, first printing in correct, unclipped first edition first printing dust jackets. The books are in fine condition, with clean, unfaded bindings, no previous ownership marks, and no spotting. The Volume I, III, and IV dust jackets all vary in condition from very good plus to near-fine plus. All four dust jackets are protected in removable, archival quality clear covers. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A97.2(I-IV).a, Woods/ICS A40(aa), Langworth p.166. Seller Inventory # 001648

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Marlborough: His Life and Times, a full: Winston S. Churchill

Winston S. Churchill

Published by George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., London (1933)

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About this Item: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., London, 1933. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. This full set of four British first edition, first printings, is inscribed to Churchill's godson. The five-line inked inscription on the Volume I first free endpaper reads: "To | Roger Frewen | from | Winston S. Churchill | Oct. 7. 1933". The inscription is dated the day after publication, in the year that Churchill's godson nearly lost his life. All four volumes bear the bookplate of Roger Moreton Frewen affixed to the front pastedown. THE ASSOCIATION: Roger d'Hauteville Moreton Frewen (1914-1972) was the son of Churchill's first cousin, Hugh Frewen, and grandson of Churchill's Aunt Clara, his mother's eldest sister. Hugh's childhood was marked by visits with his Churchill and Leslie cousins, including Winston, who was nine years older than Hugh. Roger was born during the First World War while his father was serving on the front and his godfather, Winston, was First Lord of the Admiralty. Roger was born in London, educated in Switzerland and Cambridge. A near-fatal car accident in 1933 and tuberculosis contracted during recovery nearly killed Roger and permanently impaired his health. Churchill inscribed Volume I of this set for his godson in 1933. Despite his health, Roger joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1938. Posted to the British Embassy in Berne during WWII, Roger listened to German and Italian military signals and reported information to Britain, drove lorries with military supplies through occupied France, and rescued escaped prisoners of war by crossing into Germany and Italy and bringing them to safety in Switzerland. Driven by income needs as his family grew, in the decades after the war Roger had careers in finance and real estate. Roger's son, Jonathan, from whom these books come to us, recalls that Roger excelled at mathematics and languages and was "a kind man, an amusing raconteur. and a good Father." Jonathan also recalls that "Winston was an excellent godparent" who "never forgot a birthday or Christmas, no matter his duties." THE EDITION: Winston Churchill originally considered the idea of this monumental biography of his great ancestor, the first Duke of Marlborough, in 1898, returning to it in earnest in 1928. Ten years of research and writing produced the most substantial published work of Churchill's 1930s "wilderness years." The books measure 9.25 x 6.25 x 2 inches, each bound in plum cloth with beveled edges, the Marlborough coat of arms gilt on the front cover, and a gilt top edge, and profuse illustrations within. Unfortunately, the plum cloth bindings of Volumes I-III proved highly susceptible to sun fading. (A different, more fade-resistant dye was used in Volume IV.) CONDITION: This inscribed set is in very good condition overall. All four volumes are first printing. The inscribed Volume I retains a square and tight binding, with the usual spine fading, corner wear, and a bit of staining to the rear cover. The contents remain tight with modest spotting substantially confined to the first and final few pages and the fore and bottom edges. The balance of the set features tight bindings with only minor wear to extremities. Volumes II & III are spine faded and Volume IV has a line of differential color at the front cover fore edge. The contents of Volumes II-IV remain bright with spotting primarily confined to the first and final pages and fore and bottom edges. In addition to Roger Frewen's bookplates, Volumes III and IV have gift inscriptions on the first free endpaper - each to the same recipient and dated "Christmas" in the year of publication. All four bookplates are identified by Roger's son as those used by his father prior to the Second World War. This set may be kept in the original bindings and fitted with custom preservation cases or finely rebound. A skilled binder would recover the original bookplates from the pastedowns. We are happy to provide referrals. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A97.2(I-IV).a, Woods/ICS A40(aa), Langworth p.166. Seller Inventory # 003274

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MARLBOROUGH: His Life and Times. INSCRIBED TO: Churchill, Winston S.

Churchill, Winston S.

Published by George C. Harrap & Co, London;1933-38

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About this Item: George C. Harrap & Co, London;1933-38. Hard Cover with Dust Jacket. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Royal Octavo. INSCRIBED by Churchill to the Duke of Bedford. Four volumes in very good dust jackets; volumes one and two dust jackets with small expert repair; inscribed in the month of publication of volume II as follows: "To Bedford/from/Winston S. Churchill/Oct. 1,1934"; Illustrated with maps, plans and facsimile documents. The Duke of Bedford was a cousin of the British philosopher Bertrand Russell. Seller Inventory # 0066

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Marlborough His Life and Times.: Churchill, Winston S

Churchill, Winston S

Published by George G. Harrap & Company 1933-38, London (1933)

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About this Item: George G. Harrap & Company 1933-38, London, 1933. First editions of each volume. Octavo, 4 volumes, original cloth, with hundreds of maps and plans (many folding), plates and document facsimiles, top edge gilt. Volume 3 is inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, "Hailsham from Winston October 1936." The recipient, Quintin McGarel Hogg, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone was an avid conservative and supporter of Churchill. Throughout his long political career, he held the positions of Conservative MP for Oxford and St Marylebone, Chairman of the Conservative Party, Minister of the State of Education and Science, and served two terms as Lord Chancellor between 1970-74 and 1979-87. Hailsham most notably supported Churchill in the significant Norway Debate of May 1940 which directly resulted in the formation of Churchill's coalition government and his governance of Britain until the end of World War II. Fine in the original dust jackets which are in very good to near fine condition. A very nice association. John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough (1644-1722), was one of the greatest military commanders and statesmen in the history of England. Victorious in the Battles of Blenheim, Ramillies, and countless other campaigns, Marlborough, whose political intrigues were almost as legendary as his military skill, never fought a battle he didn't win. Although he helped James II crush the rebellion of the Duke of Monmouth, Marlborough later supported William of Orange against James II in the Glorious Revolution of 1688 and brilliantly managed England's diplomatic triumphs during the War of the Spanish Succession. "The greatest historical work written in our century, an inexhaustible mine of political wisdom and understanding, which should be required reading for every student of political science." - Leo Strauss, University of Chicago "Rarely in the history of historical writing have author and subject seemed so made for each other" (Henry Steele Commager). Seller Inventory # 29060

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Churchill, Sir Winston -

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About this Item: George G. Harrap., London:, 1933. 3/4 Crushed Tan Morocco Gilt. Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. INSCRIBED BY CHURCHILL on front blank of Volume I. Magnificently bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in 3/4 crushed tan morocco over marbled boards. Spine in six compartments lettered and ruled in gilt; t.e.g. Some very light rubbing otherwise near fine. Illustrated with maps, plans and facsimile documents. One million words long and ten years in the making, Churchill's Marlborough stands as both a literary and historical masterpiece. Size: 8vo. By the Author. 4 Volumes. Seller Inventory # 884412

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Marlborough his Life and Times (4 Volumes): Churchill,Winston,S.

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About this Item: George G. Harrap and Co Ltd., London, 1933. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. First Edition:First Printing:A 4 Volume Fine/Near Fine Signed Limited Edition set bound by Leighton Straker Ltd in full orange morocco with five raised bands to the spine, spine decorated with gilt lettering,Marlborough family arms in gilt to the front board, top edge of pages gilt, marbled endpapers.This edition is one of only 155 Four Volume First Edition sets produced of which only 150 sets were for sale.Volume 1 is signed by Churchill and this set is numbered 38. Book Condition:Volume 1:A Near Fine copy, very gently rubbed top and bottom of the spine, top two corners gently rubbed, top and bottom edge of spine very gently toned, signed by Churchill without dedication to the Limited Edition page, previous owners small sticker on front paste down, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Volume 2:A Fine copy, top two corners very gently rubbed, previous owners sticker on front paste down, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Volume 3:A Fine copy, very gently bumped top and bottom of the spine, very small mark to back board, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Volume 4:A Fine copy, internally very clean and bright tight binding. This is the only signed Trade Edition in all of Churchill's works and one of only two publishers leather bound First Edition sets.Overall an exceptional Fine/Near Fine 4 Volume Signed Limited Edition set , and is very scarce.The Marlborough set is one million words long and took Churchill ten years to produce and it is certainly Churchill's greatest biography and some say perhaps his greatest ever works. Free UK and International Shipping on this book set. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 000610

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Winston S.Churchill

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About this Item: George G. Harrap and Co Ltd., London, 1933. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. First Edition:First Printing:A 4 Volume Fine/Near Fine Signed Limited Edition set bound by Leighton Straker Ltd in full orange morocco with five raised band to the spine, spine decorated with gilt lettering, Marlborough family arms in gilt to the front board, top edge of pages gilt remainder uncut, marbled end papers. This edition is one of only 155 four volume First Edition sets produced of which only 150 sets were for sale. Volume 1 is signed by Churchill this set is numbered 134.Book Condition:Volume 1:A Fine/Near Fine copy, corners very gently rubbed, spine very gently toned, some very small marks to front and rear boards, previous owners sticker on front paste down, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Volume 2:A Fine/Near Fine copy, very gently rubbed top front edge of the spine, spine very gently toned, bottom two corners very gently rubbed, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Volume 3:A Fine copy, spine very gently toned, corners very, very, gently rubbed, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Volume 4:A Fine /Near Fine copy, corners very, very, gently rubbed, spine very gently toned, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.This is the only Signed Trade Edition in all of Churchill's works and one of only two publishers First Edition sets. Overall an Exceptional Fine/Near Fine Signed Limited First Edition set which is very scare.Churchill took one million words to write this set and 10 years to complete it, some critics say it is one of Churchill's greatest biography's and some say it is his greatest ever works.Free Uk and International shipping on this book set. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 002510

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Marlborough: His Life and Times.: CHURCHILL, Winston S.

CHURCHILL, Winston S.

Published by London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., 19338 (1933)

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About this Item: London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., 19338, 1933. 4 volumes, large octavo. Original orange Niger morocco by Leighton-Straker for the publishers, gilt lettered spines with single gilt rule at head and tail, raised bands bracketed by rules in blind, the Duke of Marlborough's arms in gilt to front covers, top edges gilt, others untrimmed, marbled endpapers. Very light fading to spines, a few tiny marks to covers, covers of vol. III lightly bowed and soiled with patches of abrasion, some pages unopened, else a near-fine set. Portrait frontispieces, illustrated throughout with numerous plates, plans and maps. First edition, first impression, signed limited issue, number 135 of 155 copies signed by Churchill on the limitation statement (half-title verso in volume I). Peter Clarke has recently described Marlborough as "a monument to its author's historical commitment, insight - and fortitude" (Mr. Churchill's Profession, p. 174); T. E. Lawrence thought it "history, solemn and decorative"; while Stanley Baldwin exclaimed that it "would mean years of work even for a man whose sole occupation was writing history. Well, there is the miracle and let it remain. But I don't understand it" (both quoted in Cohen). It is probably Fred Woods's summary which best gathers these threads, and captures the spirit of the work: "Marlborough is huge heavily documented, comprehensive. No future historian can hope to avoid indebtedness, and no unprofessional reader can fail to be moved by the grandeur of the vision, the language and the myth. Sonority piles on sonority, vista succeeds vista, magnificence follows magnificence" (Artillery of Words, pp. 120-21). Cohen A97.1.a. Seller Inventory # 125817

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