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IAN HAMILTON'S MARCH

[PRESENTATION Leatherbound First English Edition (Second Printing) INITIALED by Winston Churchill for Colonel Frank Clarke]


$2,500.00

By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First English Edition (Second Printing)
Biblio: (Cohen A8.1.c) (Woods A5)
Date: 1900
Published: Macmillan & Co. Ltd. [London]
Size (Details): 8vo (409 pages, with frontis portrait of Gen. Ian Hamilton, 1 three-color folding map, plus 9 other maps and plans, 32- page rear publishers catalogue.)
Binding: Hardcover [Dark Red cloth]

Category: Signed
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 204610

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IAN HAMILTON'S MARCH

The culmination of Churchill's Boer War narrative in South Africa that began with LONDON TO LADYSMITH, including the triumphant liberation of his former-POW campmates in Pretoria.

Description: This handsome leatherbound Second Printing of the First English edition is INITIALED in ink on the front free endpaper: "WSC," for 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 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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