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THE WAR SPEECHES ("Definitive" Edition)

[SIGNED First English Edition Set]

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By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First English Edition Set
Biblio: (Cohen A263.1[I-III].a) (Woods A136a)
Date: 1951-1952
Published: Cassell and Co. [London]
Size (Details): 8vo (500 pages, 578 pages and 596 pages)
Binding: Hardcover (with Dust Jackets) [Navy blue cloth]
Volumes: 3 volumes

Category: Signed
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 207426

Description: This First English edition Presentation set, in dust jackets, is inscribed and SIGNED and dated on the front free endpaper of Volume One for Churchill's personal secretary: "To Jill Maturin from Winston S. Churchill, Christmas 1957," with the date inked out by Churchill and corrected in his own hand.

GILLIAN MATURIN (1931-1985) was one of Churchill's postwar secretaries, a New Zealander who commenced working for him just after his retirement as Prime MInister in 1955 and stayed on for three and a half years. She was notably assigned the additional task of looking after Churchill's Australian Budgerigar parakeet, Toby, when Churchill holidayed in the South of France.

The books are all in very good condition, very faintly damp-stained (no doubt, courtesy of New Zealand) with light foxing to the fore-edges and prelims, including to the signature page, which is also unevenly toned. The dust jackets are unclipped and uniformly bright, with a small rub to the spine of Volume Two, else fine.

It is most uncommon to come upon signed volumes gifted by Churchill to his secretarial staff. This set comes by direct descent from the family of Gillian Maturin.

 Please Note: This is a weighty item and does not qualify for free shipping.

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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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