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Lord Randolph Churchill.

Published: London: Macmillan and Co. Limited, 1906

Stock code: 111316

Price: £650

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First edition, first impression. Churchill’s biography of his father was published on 2 January 1906 to “almost universal acclaim in the Press” (Churchill Winston S. Churchill II) the Sunday Times remarking on Churchill’s “maturity of judgement, levelheadedness and discretion” and the Spectator praising his style: “He has chosen the grand manner… but the general effect is of dignity and ease.” Churchill also received plaudits from a number of well-known political biographers, J. A. Spender, biographer of Campbell-Bannerman and Asquith, called it a “brilliant book”, and W. F. Monypenny, author of the Life of Disraeli, remarked that “alike in style and architecture and for its spirit, grasp and insight the book seems to me truly admirable”.

2 volumes, octavo (220 x 136 mm). Finely bound by Maltby’s of Oxford in mid-20th-century red half morocco, twin blue-green morocco labels, raised bands with dotted rule gilt, compartments panelled in gilt, red cloth sides, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Photogravure portrait frontispiece to each, 6 other photogravures in all, 7 other plates one of them coloured and 3 facsimiles, one folding, one double-page. Sporadic light foxing to contents. A handsomely bound set in excellent condition.

Bibliography: Cohen A17.1; Woods A8(a).

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