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By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First English Edition (Third Imression)
Biblio: (Cohen A 242.1.c) (Woods A125a)
Date: 1949
Published: Odhams Press [London]
Size (Details): 4to (32 pages of text, plus 18 color plates of paintings.)
Binding: Hardcover (with Dust Jacket) [Red leather]

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 203935



Churchill's marvelous essay celebrating his favorite hobby first appeared in the Strand magazine over two issues in December 1921 and January 1922. It was then anthologized in Churchill’s THOUGHTS AND ADVENTURES, before being published on its own as this delightful little book, which has since been endlessly re-issued in a variety of English and American editions.

Description: This leatherbound Third Impression of the First English edition is inscribed on the front free endpaper: "From Winston S. Churchill."

The previous owner has added her name in ink above Churchill's signature: "Sylvia Foot," the wife of Hugh Mackintosh Foot, who was British Governor of Jamaica from 1951 to 1957. The book has been handsomely rebound in red morocco by Bumpus of Oxford Street (one of Churchill's favorite binders); all edges gilt. The narrow spine is delicately gilt tooled and lettered. The contents are fine, with faint toning to the edges of the endpapers, front and rear.

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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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