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ARMS AND THE COVENANT

[PRESENTATION Leatherbound First English Edition INITIALED by Winston Churchill for Frank Clarke]


$4,500.00

By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First English Edition
Biblio: (Cohen A107.1) (Woods A44a)
Date: 1938
Published: George G. Harrap & Co. [London]
Size (Details): 8vo (466 pages)
Binding: Hardcover (without Dust Jacket) [Blue leather]

Category: Signed
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 204613

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ARMS AND THE COVENANT

Churchill's initial alarms against Hitler and the Nazis are collected here in forty-one adamant pre-war speeches, 1936-1938, edited by his son Randolph. Published in the U.S. under the title WHILE ENGLAND SLEPT, the book has only been reprinted once since.

Description: This handsome leatherbound First English Edition is INITIALED in ink on the front free endpaper: "WSC" for COLONEL FRANK CLARKE, who famously hosted Winston and Clementine Churchill at his Miami Beach home in January and February 1946, prior to Churchill's March appearance at Fulton College, Missouri to deliver what would come to be known as his "Iron Curtain" speech. This book was part of a signed leatherbound set of his works that Churchill sent to Clarke by way of thanks.Winston Churchill only signed with his initials for intimates.

The two men had known each other since the General Strike of 1926, when the Quebec-born Clarke, whose family had owned paper mills in Canada, worked for Churchill on the staff of The British Gazette. The Churchills later stayed at Clarke's lakeside cabin for two days of rest following the Quebec Conference. Clarke was a shipowner, whose vessels served in Allied operations throughout the war as hospital, supply and troop ships.

The binding, by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, is three-quarter blue crushed morocco leather over blue cloth, with gilded top edges, gilt titles on the spine with raised bands in six compartments, and marbled endpapers. The leather binding has faded a bit along the spine. The contents are fine, with tanning to the endpaper edges.

A most significant association copy that comes by direct descent from the Clarke family.

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Bibliographic numbers (in parentheses) are from Frederick Woods' original Churchill bibliography (Woods), as emended by Richard Langworth in his Connoisseur's Guide; and from the new, greatly expanded Churchill bibliography by Ronald Cohen (Cohen).





 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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