First Edition Set of Winston Churchills Classic A History of the English-Speaking Peoples
A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.
Churchill, Winston S.
Item Number: 4398
London: Cassell and Company, 1956-1958..
First British editions, first printings of each of the four volumes of this set. Octavo, original cloth, 4 volumes. Near fine in the original dust jackets with light shelfwear. A very nice example of this set.
"Churchills last great work was published nearly 20 years after he penned its first draft in the late 1930s, just after wrapping up [the biography of] Marlborough. This enabled him to utilize the literary team he had assembled for the biography, to which he added dozens of outlines he had solicited from scholars In its final form the original single volume evolved to four, each of which was published simultaneously in Britain, the USA and Canada a first for Churchills works" (Langworth, 312).
Other Books by this Author
"To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often": Winston Churchills Collected Works; 38 Volumes In Full Vellum In the Original Slipcases
London: Library of Imperial History In association With Charles Scribner's Sons and The Hamlyn Publishing Group Limited, 1973-76.
Centenary limited edition of Churchill’s Complete Works, one of only 3000 sets produced. Octavo, original full vellum, 38 volumes. Boards gilt-stamped with the Churchill arms, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, original dark green slipcases, also gilt-stamped with the Churchill coat of arms. In fine condition in the fine original slipcases. A beautiful set.
“I drink a great deal. I sleep a little, and I smoke cigar after cigar": rare La Corona cigar partially smoked by former british prime minister winston s. churchill; accompanied by a signed photograph of him smoking that very cigar
Exceptionally rare La Corona cigar partially smoked by one of the most iconic figures of the 20th century, Winston S. Churchill, bearing his own label. Accompanied by a black and white photograph of Churchill smoking that very cigar at Le Bourget Airport in Paris, France, boldly signed by him, “Winston S. Churchill.” The partially-smoked cigar was retrieved by Corporal William Alan Turner, Air Squadron Transport Command, who was a member of the cabin crew that flew Winston and Clementine Churchill to and from Northolt and Paris on May 11th, 1947. It was during this trip that Churchill was awarded France’s highest military honor, the Medaille Militaire. Corporal Turner retrieved the cigar from an ashtray “…and took the remains into protective custody” (as is noted in his included pencil annotations) after he took the accompanying candid photograph from the doorway of the plane just before Churchill boarded to return to Northolt. Turner later sent the photograph to the House of Commons with the request that Churchill sign and return it. Additionally accompanied is a letter from Churchill’s secretary dated 1st July, 1949, returning the signed photograph “…which Mr. Churchill has had much pleasure in signing.” The cigar measures 4 inches long, retaining the “La Corona Winston Churchill Habana” red-and gold-label. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 28.5 inches. An exceptional piece of history with noted photographic provenance.
One page typescript letter signed by Winston S. Churchill while serving as a member of Parliament. On 11, Morpeth Mansions, Westminster stationary dated 26th October, 1936. “My dear Ambassador,” His Excellency the Soviet Ambassador, I am in London all this week, but I am grieved to find every single luncheon and dinner is already engaged. I should be very glad however if you would be as kind as to come to 11, Morpeth Mansions on Wednesday afternoon at 6 o’clock, if that will be convenient. If not let me fix some other time. “Yours, Winston S. Churchill.” Churchill has been underlined in blue crayon. The recipient, Ivan Maisky, served as the Soviet ambassador to London between 1932 and 1943 where he established friendships with Sydney and Beatrice Webb, George Bernard Shaw and may figures on the Conservative right including Churchill. Double matted and framed, opposite of a photograph of Churchill. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 15.75 inches.
Black and White Rotary Photograph of Winston Churchill, while he was the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies. Boldly Signed “Winston S. Churchill 1905.” Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13.5 inches by 11.75 inches.
"you must not hate your friends more than you hate your enemies”: Winston and Clementine Churchill and Anthony Eden Signed Guestbook
Guest book page signed by Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill and his wife, Clementine Churchill. Additionally signed by Prime Minister Anthony Eden and his first wife Beatrice Beckett, Mary Spenser-Churchill (the youngest of the five Churchill children), and Walter Kirke, the Commander in Chief of the British Home Forces during the Second World War. The signatures were obtained at an ice hockey match in which all six were in attendance at the Empire Pool and Sports Arena in London on Februray 24th 1940. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 24 inches. Rare and desirable signed by the Churchill’s and Anthony Eden.
One page typescript letter signed by Winston S. Churchill while serving as a member of Parliament. On 105 Mount Street stationary dated March 15th, 1901 and addressed to J. Travis Clegg, Esq. Shaw Lodge, Shaw. “Dear Mr. Travis Clegg,” I have forwarded your recommendation for the Leesfield Vicarage to the First Lord of the Treasury, and I have drawn his attention to the fact that I attach very great weight to a recommendation from such a quarter. I have received about 30 letters on the subject of this living, recommending more than 12 candidates, none of whom I know; and in consequence, the course I have pursued has been to forward all the names with the recommendations attached, to the First Lord of the Treasury, marking them in the order of relative importance which I assigned to them from what I know of those who have forwarded recommendations. In reply I have received a letter from Mr. Balfour promising carefully to consider the recommendations I have forwarded to him, and the order of importance I have assigned to them. More than that I cannot do. I am coming down to Oldham on the 20th of April, and I hope I shall be so fortunate as to see you then. “Yours very truly, Winston S. Churchill.” Churchill took seat in the British House of Commons in February of 1901 and was soon asked by Prime Minister Arthur Balfour to join a parliamentary select committee on the topic of the Boer War. Churchill opposed an increase in military funding for the war and became increasingly associated with the Liberals including H.H. Asquith. The present letter is in response to English lawyer J. Travis Clegg’s recommendation for the Leesfield Vicarage to the First Lord of the Treasury. Double matted and framed with a black and white photograph of Churchill. The entire piece measures 20.25 inches by 16.5 inches.
"It is my hope to recall this great shade from the past, and not only invest him with his panoply, but make him living and intimate to modern eyes": First Editions of Marlborough: His Life and Times; Volume Three Inscribed by Winston Churchill
London: George G. Harrap & Company, 1933-38.
First editions of each volume. Octavo, 4 volumes, original cloth, with hundreds of maps and plans (many folding), plates and document facsimiles, top edge gilt. Volume 3 is inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “Hailsham from Winston October 1936.” The recipient, Quintin McGarel Hogg, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone was an avid conservative and supporter of Churchill. Throughout his long political career, he held the positions of Conservative MP for Oxford and St Marylebone, Chairman of the Conservative Party, Minister of the State of Education and Science, and served two terms as Lord Chancellor between 1970-74 and 1979-87. Hailsham most notably supported Churchill in the significant Norway Debate of May 1940 which directly resulted in the formation of Churchill’s coalition government and his governance of Britain until the end of World War II. Fine in the original dust jackets which are in very good to near fine condition. A very nice association.
One page autograph note signed by Winston S. Churchill as a member of Parliament. On Colonial Office stationary, Churchill has composed a list of names in black ink: “Murray, Chalmers, Roseberry, Asquith, Prime Minister, Grey,” and dated and signed “[Colonial Office] ’07 W.S.Churchill.” Churchill served as Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies from December 1905 until the 1906 general election in which he won the Parliamentary seat of Manchester North West. He held his position in Parliament until 1908 when he was promoted to the Cabinet as President of the Board of Trade. Names mentioned in the note include Herbert Henry Asquith who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1908 to 1916 and the Viscount Grey of Fallodon who served Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs from 1905 to 1916. Double matted and framed opposite a black and white photograph of Churchill. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 18 inches. Rare and desirable.
One page typescript letter signed by Winston S. Churchill while serving as a member of Parliament. On Chartwell, Westerham, Kent stationary dated 14th Novemnber, 1936. “My dear Ambassador,” His Excellency the Soviet Ambassador, I am very much obliged to you for your long and interesting letter, and for the information and assurances which it contains. I hope that you read my speech in Hansard where it was fully reported, and that you will give as much weight to the latter part of my reference to your Government as to the former. This, I am sure, was the effect produced upon the greater part of my hearers. Once more thanking you, Believe me, “Yours, Winston S. Churchill.” Churchill’s surname has been underlined in red crayon. The recipient, Ivan Maisky, served as the Soviet ambassador to London between 1932 and 1943 where he established friendships with Sydney and Beatrice Webb, George Bernard Shaw and may figures on the Conservative right including Churchill. In near fine condition with two hole punches to the left side of the letter and a small closed tear to the bottom left corner. Double matted and framed with a black and white photograph of Churchill. The entire piece measures 15.5 inches by 14.5 inches. A nice association.
“ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT TREATISES ON WAR THAT HAS EVER BEEN WRITTEN”: THE WORLD CRISIS, FULL FIRST EDITION SET IN ORIGINAL CLOTH, INSCRIBED BY CHURCHILL IN VOLUME V TO THE Ist VISCOUNT BRENTFORD, William Joynson-Hicks
The World Crisis 1911-1914; The World Crisis 1915; The World Crisis 1916-1918 Part One and Part Two; The World Crisis. The Aftermath; The World Crisis. The Eastern Front.
London: Thornton Butterfield, 1923-31.
First British editions of Churchill’s important history of World War I. Octavo, six volumes, original blue cloth. Illustrated throughout with maps and charts. Errata slips to volumes I and IV present. Volume V is inscribed by Churchill to Sir William Joynson Hicks, “Jix from Winston, 1 Mar 1929.” The recipient Sir William Joynson, known to his friends as “Jix” was a Conservative Party politician. He first attracted attention in 1908 when he defeated Winston Churchill, a Liberal Cabinet Minister at the time, in a by-election for the seat of North-West Manchester. He best known as a long-serving Home Secretary in Stanley Baldwin’s Second Government from 1924 to 1929. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities. A very nice association of an important work, scarce signed.
"It is the primary right of men to die and kill for the land they live in": First Edition Set of Winston Churchills Classic A History of the English-Speaking Peoples; Signed by Him in Volumes Two and Three
London: Cassell and Company, 1956-1958.
First British editions of each of the four volumes of this set of Churchill’s classic history. Octavo, original cloth, 4 volumes. Volumes two and three are signed by Winston Churchill on the title page. Each are near fine in the original dust jackets that show light toning. Housed in a custom slipcase. An exceptional set, rare and desirable signed.
"We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it": First Editions of Winston Churchills Masterpiece The Second World War; Volume V Inscribed and dated by Him in the Year of Publication
The Second World War: The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy.
London: Cassell & Company, 1948-54.
First editions of Churchill’s World War II masterpiece. Six Volumes, octavo, original black cloth, patterned endpapers. Signed and dated by the author on the half-title page, “Winston Churchill 1959” of volume five. Each are fine in near fine dust jackets. A very sharp set.
"The herculean task of the United States Government today is to take care that its citizens have the necessities of life" Veto Message of PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT; SIGNED BY HIM
Veto message on the Adjusted Compensation Act, 1935: Address of the President of the United States in the House of Representatives, Delivered May 22, 1935.
Washington, D.C.: United States Government, 1935.
Speech given by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935. Signed by Roosevelt at the conclusion of his speech. In near fine condition with light wear. Rare.
Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Amartya Sen's Copy of On Economic Theory and Capitalism; With his Signature and Inscribed to Him
Oxford: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1955.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen’s copy with his name “A.K. Sen Trinity College Cambridge” on the half title page. Inscribed on the front free endpaper to Sen, “For Amartiya With the confidence that he will plan the dynamic economy, of a socialist and peaceful India. With best wishes, Arif Cambridge 8 May 1955.” In very good condition.
New York: Norton, 2007.
First Edition. Octavo, black cloth with gilted titles to the spine. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by Michael Lesy on the half title page.