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[First English Edition SIGNED and Inscribed to Sarah Churchill "From Papa"]


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By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First English Edition
Biblio: (Cohen A111.1.a) (Woods A45a)
Date: 1939
Published: Thornton Butterworth Ltd. [London]
Size (Details): 8vo (365 pages, 2 maps, one folding, at rear)
Binding: Hardcover (without Dust Jacket) [Green cloth]

Category: Signed
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 203681

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A chilling anthology of Churchill's prescient newspaper pieces for the Evening Standard and Daily Telegraph about the rising Nazi threat, commencing in 1936 with Hitler's reoccupation of the Rhineland, through the final months before the declaration of war in 1939.

Description: Nothing in the realm of Churchillian first editions is more precious than a book inscribed by Winston Churchill to a member of his immediate family. Here is one such prize, a copy of the First English Edition, Inscribed, Dated and SIGNED in ink by Winston Churchill to his daughter Sarah: "To Sarah, from Papa, June 1939;" the month of publication. The book is in very good condition. The green cloth is just faintly scuffed and age-darkened, with spots of discoloration along the spine. The binding is tight, the corners are sharp, if just a touch turned, the gilt lettering remains bright. The contents are fine and unfoxed.

SARAH CHURCHILL (1914-1982) was the second daughter of Winston and Clementine Churchill, named after Sir Winston's ancestor, the notorious Sarah, First Duchess of Marlborough. She pursued a career as an actress and dancer that brought her some measure of success and acclaim (including an appearance dancing and singing with Fred Astaire, as the costar of "Royal Wedding" in 1951), yet tussled rebelliously with her parents over her choices, particularly in husbands (twice). During World War II, after joining the Women's Auxiliary Air Force and serving actively in photo reconnaissance for Operation Torch, the 1942 invasion of North Africa, Sarah Churchill accompanied her father often on his wartime journeys, including, most auspiciously, to the Teheran conference in 1943. Her wartime experiences in his company lend this particular inscribed volume a special poignancy.

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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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