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Sir Winston Churchill

Churchill Vanity Fair, 1911

"[He was] a man larger than life, composed of bigger and simpler elements than ordinary men, a gigantic historical figure during his own lifetime, superhumanly bold, strong, and imaginative an orator of prodigious powers, the saviour of his country, a mythical hero who belongs to legend as much as to reality, the largest human being of our time."

Isaiah Berlin, Mr. Churchill in 1940.


Bibliographical references in this list are to A Connoisseur's Guide to the Books of Sir Winston Churchill , by Richard M. Langworth (London: Brassey's, 1998).

Many of the items have been photographed or scanned. You can browse through those images by visiting the Churchill Image Gallery.


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C-077
Great Contemporaries. London: Butterworth, 1937. First edition. Original blue cloth brightly lettered in gilt, faded on spine and 3/4" onto front cover, with small dark spot extending 1/4" from top edge; rear cover rubbed and with irregular faded patches. Bookplate on front pastedown, endpapers slightly browned (except area facing bookplate); half title lacking; contents otherwise clean and tight. A very good copy.
$100

A History of the English-Speaking Peoples. London: Cassell, 1956-58. First editions. Gilt lettered dark red cloth; attractive pictorial (scenes from history) dust jackets. We usually have fine or near fine sets in stock; please enquire for details.

A History of the English-Speaking Peoples [odd volumes]. We usually have in stock odd volumes of the first editions. Please enquire for details.

C-080
A History of the English-Speaking Peoples: Vol. II, The New World. London: Cassell, 1956. First edition. "This is number 36 of one hundred copies which were carried from the Old World to the New World in Mayflower II " (cf. engraved bookplate on front pastedown). A near fine copy in original gilt lettered dark red cloth, but with top edge staining faded to pale pink; pictorial (Queen Elizabeth) grey dust jacket lightly browned at spine and board edges, otherwise fine; bookplate browning owing to poor glue used. A most unusual association piece!
$150

C-085
London to Ladysmith Via Pretoria. New York: Longmans, Green, 1900. First American edition. Original red cloth, now a little darkened on spine, lettered and ruled in gilt; lightly rubbed at spine ends and along bottom edge. Lacks frontis map (no evidence that it was ever bound in). Apart from missing map, a fine, bright, tight copy.
$375

Marlborough: His Life and Times [odd volumes]. We often have odd volumes from British, American and Canadian editions in stock, some with dust jackets. Please enquire for details.

The Post-War Speeches [odd volumes]. We frequently have odd volumes of the first editions, with dust jackets, in stock. Please enquire for details.

The Second World War [odd volumes]. We usually have in stock odd volumes, in dust jackets, from the first edition. Please enquire for details.

The War Speeches [odd volumes]. We frequently have odd volumes (British, U.S. and Canadian first editions) with dust jackets in stock. Please enquire for details.

C-108
[The War Speeches]. Blood, Sweat and Tears. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1941. Book-of-the-Month Club edition. North American title of Into Battle . Brick red cloth lettered in gilt, decorated in blue, gilt and blind-stamping. Cream dust jacket printed in red and blue, very lightly soiled on spine. With flyer with WSC photo, re-printing the Book-of-the-Month Club News article on the book, laid in. Described by Langworth as "a rare example of a book club edition bound more nicely than its trade counterpart."
$20

The World Crisis [odd volumes]. We frequently have odd volumes (British, Canadian and U.S. first and later editions) in stock. Please enquire for details.

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C-051
Montgomery, B.L. Ten Chapters: 1942-1945. London, [1946]. First edition. "At various stages ... the Prime Minister, Mr. Churchill wrote a page in my autograph book and recorded his impressions: in his own handwriting." (Montgomery in foreword). "Contains 12 pp. facsimiles of entries by Churchill in Montgomery's autograph book."(cf. Woods, D(b) 68). Original textured black cloth binding, titled and decorated in (now oxidized) gilt on front cover. Dated gift inscription at top left corner of front pastedown; overall near fine.
$25


C-018
Proceedings of the Presentation of The Williamsburg Award ... December 7, 1955. Williamsburg, Va.: Colonial Williamsburg, 1957. Contains, on pp. 19-21, Churchill's response to the address by Winthrop Rockefeller, Chairman of the Trustees of Colonial Williamsburg. Original grey boards, a little faded on spine and bumped at spine ends; lettered in gilt with decorative label on front cover. Profusely illustrated with colour and black & white photographs of the event. Contents fine.
$15

C-122
Woods, Frederick. Artillery of Words: The Writings of Sir Winston Churchill. London: Leo Cooper, 1992. First edition. As new in original gilt lettered black boards and striking pictorial dust jacket showing three shelves of Churchill's works in full colour. A modern classic, providing commentary on and analysis of the works of Churchill.
$50

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The following photographs are mostly press, Imperial War Museum, historical photo library, and other prints made from original negatives in the mid-1960s; a few are from copy negatives. The majority are approximately 6" x 8" and are stamped with copyright notices.
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C-132
In a Short 27 airplane, 1913. Imperial war Museum. Fine.
$35


C-155
The War Headquarters in London, to be preserved, 1948. Radio Times Hulton Picture Library. 6"x6" Churchill not present. . Fine.
$25

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