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[First English Edition Set SIGNED and Inscribed to Charles Longman, the Publisher Who Declined To Publish This Work]

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By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First English Edition
Biblio: (Cohen A17.1) (Woods A8a)
Date: 1906
Published: Macmillan & Co. [London]
Size (Details): 8vo (584 pages and 544 pages, illustrated, with tissue protected photo frontispieces)
Binding: Hardcover [Maroon cloth]
Volumes: 2 volumes

Category: Signed
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 203956



Churchill's impassioned two-volume biography written in defense of his maligned father's posthumous reputation. Subsequently issued in an unabridged one-volume edition. A bulwark of any Churchill collection.

Description: This beautiful First English edition set is inscribed and SIGNED in ink on the first free endpaper of Volume I: "Charles Longman from Winston S. Churchill, Jan. 1, 1906" (the day before publication).

Churchill had published all of his previous books with Charles Longman's firm of Longmans, Green and Company, commencing with his first book, THE STORY OF THE MALAKAND FIELD FORCE. His asking price, however, for the right to publish this planned biography of his father, Lord Randolph Churchill, was too high for Charles Longman. Ultimately, Frederick Macmillan acquired the book for an 8,000 pound advance. Longman believed MacMillan had overpaid. He was wrong. Retailing for a very high 36 shillings (a little less than 2 pounds), the book wound up selling 6,250 copies. Recipients of first edition copies signed by Churchill on January 1, other than Charles Longman, included Churchill's mother, Lady Randolph, and the King.

The cloth here remains fresh and bold, the gilt is bright, the corners sharp, the spines unfaded. Longmans' bookplate is affixed to the front pastedowns of both volumes. The hinges in both are tender. The signature page in Volume I is a trifle toned, as are the tissue guards throughout. There is a spot of foxing to the fore-edge of the final gathering of pages in Volume II. Else fine.

The set is preserved in a handsome, double-cased, quarter morocco, navy blue solander with red leather spine labels.

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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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