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MY EARLY LIFE: A Roving Commission

[SIGNED and Inscribed to Churchill's Daughter, Diana]

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By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First English Edition (First State/2nd Binding)
Biblio: (Cohen A91.1.b) (Woods A37a.1)
Date: 1930
Published: Thornton Butterworth Ltd. [London]
Size (Details): 8vo (392 pages, with photo frontispiece, maps, plans, one folding map, 16 tipped-in illustrations)
Binding: Hardcover (without Dust Jacket) [Rough pink cloth]

Category: Signed
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 14567



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: SIGNED, Dated and Inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Diana from Papa Oct. 25, 1930," five days after publication.

Diana Churchill (Sandys) was Winston and Clementine Churchill's eldest daughter, born July 11, 1909. She married twice, the second time on September 16, 1935 to the Conservative politician, Duncan Sandys, with whom she had three children. Diana Churchill died October 20, 1963.

This is a good copy of the less common First State/Second Binding (per Cohen) of the First English edition in rough pink cloth, with the variant five-line title block on the cover. The cloth is worn, the spine chipped and faded, the contents less than perfect but entirely intact. The book is preserved in a stunning, purpose-built, quarter-burgundy leather clamshell solander.

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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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