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[PRESENTATION Leatherbound First English Edition Set INITIALED in Every Volume by Winston Churchill for Colonel Franke Clarke]

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By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First English Edition Set (Mixed Impressions)
Biblio: (Cohen A142-A227) (Woods A66- A114)
Date: 1941-1946
Published: Macmillan & Co. Ltd. [London]
Size (Details): 8vo
Binding: Hardcover [Blue leather]
Volumes: 7 volumes

Category: Signed
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 204609



Seven individual speech compilation volumes were published yearly in the U.K. and the U.S., beginning in 1941, under the following titles: Into Battle (1938-1940 speeches) [published in the U.S. as Blood, Sweat and Tears]; The Unrelenting Struggle (1940-1941);The End of the Beginning (1942); Onwards to Victory (1943); The Dawn of Liberation (1944); Victory (1945); and Secret Session Speeches (Various Dates). Unlike the English editions, which were all published by one publisher, Cassell, the American series was initiated by G.P. Putnam with BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS, then carried on by Little, Brown up till the final volume, SECRET SESSION SPEECHES, which was published by Simon and Schuster.

Description: This handsome leatherbound Presentation set is INITIALED in ink: "WSC" on each front free endpaper in all seven volumes for COLONEL 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. These books were 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 had 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.

This is a very good complete mixed set of First English editions. INTO BATTLE is the Eleventh Printing of the First English edition, THE UNRELENTING STRUGGLE is a Second Printing. All other volumes are First Printings. The binding, by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, is three-quarter blue crushed morocco leather over blue cloth, with gilded top edges, gilt titles on the spines with raised bands in six compartments, and marbled endpapers. The leather bindings have faded a bit along the spines and exhibit considerable wear to the cloth. The books have all been uniformly trimmed for binding. The contents are fine, with tanning to the endpaper edges and very light scattered foxing. A most significant association set 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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