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A ROVING COMMISION: The Story of My Early Life

[PRESENTATION Leatherbound Wartime Edition INITIALED by Winston Churchill]


$3,500.00

By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: Third American Edition (Fourth Printing)
Biblio: (Cohen A91.7.d)(Woods A37c)
Date: 1945
Published: Charles Scribner's Sons [New York]
Size (Details): 8vo (370 pages)
Binding: Hardcover [Blue leather]

Category: Signed
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 205462

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MY EARLY LIFE

Arguably Winston Churchill's most entertaining book, a memoir of youth and wayward school boyhood - in fact, the only volume of personal memoirs that Churchill ever wrote. Published in the U.S. under the title A ROVING COMMISSION, the work has been endlessly re-issued in a variety of editions. True first editions, however, remain quite rare.

Description: This handsome leatherbound copy 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 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 edition is the wartime Fourth Printing of the Third American edition. The leather binding has faded a bit along the spine. The contents are fine, with tanning to the endpaper edges and scattered foxing, with ink staining along the fore-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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