[PRESENTATION Leatherbound Wartime English Edition INITIALED by Winston Churchill for Colonel Frank Clarke]
Winston S. Churchill
Macmillan Edition (Second Printing)
Macmillan & Co. Ltd. [London]
16mo (287 pages)
Hardcover [Blue leather]
Churchill at Chartwell
Penetrating profiles of twenty-one political and literary luminaries. An utter delight to read; beautifully written, brutally opinionated (Hitler comes off just a bit better than George Bernard Shaw). The ensuing "Revised" edition (and most future reprints) added four new profiles: Lord Fisher, Charles Stewart Parnell, Lord Baden-Powell and President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
This handsome leatherbound 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 edition is the Second Printing of the wartime Macmillan edition. The leather binding has faded unevenly along the spine and exhibits wear to the cloth. The book has been trimmed for binding. The contents are fine, with tanning to the endpaper edges and very light scattered foxing.A most significant association copy that comes by direct descent from the Clarke family.