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CHURCHILL, Winston S.

CHURCHILL, Winston S.

Rare books by Winston Churchill, including first editions, signed first editions, finely bound copies, and handsome sets of his collected works. 

Voted the “Greatest Briton of all” by the British public, Winston Churchill was surely Britain’s sole world-historical figure of the last century. A complex, mercurial character, in his life he played many parts: minor scion of a most noble family, grieving son of a tragic father, soldier for Empire, gadfly correspondent, controversial MP, cabinet minister, voice in the wilderness, strategist, war leader, statesman and Nobel literature laureate.

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  1. 127143detail
    First British editions, first impressions, of all of Churchill's major works, in attractive matching bindings by Bayntun of Bath. Churchill was a prolific writer in the fields of history, biography and politics, alongside forays into essays and fiction, with several volumes of his collected speeches also published. He received... Learn More
    £30,000

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  2. The Story of the Malakand Field Force
    First edition, home issue, only printing, second state of Churchill's first book, this copy with the errata slip at p.1, catalogue dated 3/98. Relates his exploits with the Malakand field force, led by Sir Bindon Blood, on the Northwest Frontier of India in 1897, based on Churchill's despatches to the Daily Telegraph and... Learn More
    £5,000

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  3. The Story of the Malakand Field Force
    First edition, Colonial Library issue of Churchill's first book (the first and second printings are identical). The book relates Churchill's exploits with the Malakand field force, led by Sir Bindon Blood, on the Northwest Frontier of India in 1897, based on Churchill's despatches to the Daily Telegraph and the Pioneer Mail.... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 102189

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  4. 105504

    The River War.

    London, New York and Bombay: 1899

    First edition, first impression, second state with minor typographic error (second inverted comma missing after THE 'LONDON GAZETTE') corrected on p. 459 of volume II. The River War was Churchill's second book, preceded only by The Story of the Malakand Field Force (1898), "2,000 copies published on 6 November 1899" (Woods).... Learn More
    £3,750

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  5. 85338

    The River War.

    London, New York and Bombay: 1899

    First edition, first impression, second state - with a minor typographic error (the second inverted comma missing after THE 'LONDON GAZETTE', p. 459, vol. II) corrected before publication. Both states of Churchill's second book were issued on 6 November 1899 in an edition of 2,000 copies. It includes his account of the charge... Learn More
    £3,750

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    Unbound pre-publication sheets of Churchill's second book, with his holograph corrections, some quite extensive, to 17 pages. Working papers from the early part of Churchill's writing career are exceedingly uncommon. Just one minor correction marked here seems to have been adopted in the published version, but a number were... Learn More
    £18,500

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  7. 117742
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,650

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  8. 119574
    First edition in book form, first printing, of Churchill's only novel, his third published book, but the first he undertook to write, and the second he completed. Churchill's melodramatic tale of liberal revolution in an autocratic Mediterranean state was originally serialised in Macmillan's Magazine between May and December... Learn More
    £1,250

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  9. 80589
    First edition, first printing, first issue per Cohen. Publisher's records indicate that 5,003 copies were printed. "The volume consists of 17 letters to the Morning Post, beginning with that of 31 March 1900 and concluding with that of 14 June in contrast to London to Ladysmith, the texts of the originally published letters... Learn More
    £900

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  10. Savrola.
    First UK edition, first impression, one of 1,500 copies printed. Scarce in the original cloth binding. This novel represents the author's only attempt at full-length fiction. The UK edition was delayed by magazine serialization of the story, so that the US edition in book form was actually published first. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 32227

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  11. 28017
    First edition, first impression, the second of Churchill's two books describing his daring exploits during the South African War. Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 28017

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  12. 94373
    First edition, first impression. Publisher's records indicate that 5,003 copies were printed. "The volume consists of 17 letters to the Morning Post, beginning with that of 31 March 1900 and concluding with that of 14 June in contrast to London to Ladysmith, the texts of the originally published letters were more extensively... Learn More
    £850

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  13. 111705
    First edition, first printing, first issue. Publisher's records indicate that 5,003 copies were printed. "The volume consists of 17 letters to the Morning Post, beginning with that of 31 March 1900 and concluding with that of 14 June in contrast to London to Ladysmith, the texts of the originally published letters were more... Learn More
    £750

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  14. 96682
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,750

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  15. 33021
    New and Revised Edition. Learn More
    £2,000

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  16. 37120
    Second edition, revised, first one volume edition. 1000 copies printed on the 15th October, 1902. The text had been revised considerably, and a new chapter added describing the ultimate destruction of the Khalifa and the end of the war. Learn More
    £1,375

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  17. The River War.
    First one-volume edition, the second overall following the two-volume first edition of October 1899, this one of only 1,003 copies (as such a more scarce edition than the first) published on 15 October 1902. The text had been revised considerably, and a new chapter added describing the ultimate destruction of the khalifa... Learn More
    £1,500

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  18. Why I am a Free Trader.
    First edition. This pamphlet was issued as the first in the series Coming Men on Coming Questions, edited by the campaigning journalist W. T. Stead, which was published in collected form later in the same year (Cohen B3; Woods B2). It represents Churchill's first published statement of his stance on the free trade question... Learn More
    £5,750

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  19. 122890
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
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  20. 71650
    Churchill invokes Lincoln's famous formulation from the Gettysburg Address in his election addresses on the momentous constitutional battle between the House of Commons and the House of Lords. In November 1909, the Lords rejected the "People's Budget" of 1909 proposed by Liberal Prime Minister Herbert Asquith. The bill called... Learn More
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  21. Liberalism and the Social Problem.
    First edition, first impression of this uncommon title which collects speeches by the young Churchill during his Liberal phase, addressing such issues as the conciliation of South Africa, Imperial Preference, Labour Exchanges and Unemployment Insurance Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 38826

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  22. 88138
    First edition, first general paper wrappers issue, first state, with index, and just a single appendix; and p. 71 - section title for "The People's Trade" - misnumbered 1. "All issues of The People's Rights are extremely scarce" (Cohen) despite a print run of 40,000, this largely due to the low quality of the materials,... Learn More
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  23. 127608
    First edition, only printing. Cohen's bibliography states: "the pamphlet does not appear to have sold well and, although it may have continued to appear in Macmillan catalogues as late as 1924 or early 1925, most, if not all, unsold copies, were, in fact, destroyed in 1918" (vol. I, p. 196). Martin Gilbert asserts that 5,... Learn More
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  24. 130349
    First editions, first impressions. Working with astonishing speed and energy, Churchill produced this mammoth history of the First World War in the aftermath of electoral defeat. The work deals with his reorganization of the Royal Navy in the years leading up to the War, defends his Gallipoli policy, and criticises Haig's... Learn More
    £1,850

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    First editions, first impressions; volumes III and V presentation copies from Churchill to Douglas McGarel Hogg, each inscribed on the blank before the half-title, respectively: "To Douglas McGarel Hogg, from Winston S Churchill 3. 3. 27", and "Douglas, from Winston S. C". Volume III inscribed on the day of publication,... Learn More
    £12,500

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  26. 127011
    First editions, first impressions. The first volume in third state, with the errata slip at p. 9, and the fifth volume is in the first state, without the errata slip. Working with astonishing speed and energy, Churchill produced this mammoth history of the First World War in the aftermath of electoral defeat. The work deals... Learn More
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    A nicely inscribed set, with each volume inscribed by Churchill on the same date on the front free endpaper. The first two volumes read: "Inscribed for Charles Hughes by Winston S. Churchill. April 1938"; the remaining volumes read "Inscribed by Winston S. Churchill. April 1938", with the exception of Part I of 1916-1918,... Learn More
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    First editions, first impressions. Presentation copies from Churchill to Robert Boothby: My Early Life with a pre-publication inscription on the preliminary blank: "Robert Boothby from Winston S. Churchill Oct. 14. 1930" (we have had another inscribed presentation copy similarly dated, six days before publication); this... Learn More
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  29. 121591detail
    There has been considerable recent interest in Churchill's essay "Are We Alone in the Universe?" In an article for Nature, astrophysicist Mario Livio describes his visit to the US National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri, when "director Timothy Riley thrust a typewritten essay by Churchill into my hands. In the 11-page... Learn More
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  30. 121598
    Three journalistic pieces attesting to Churchill's prodigious output during the 1930s, when he lived by his writing and when "many subjects were grist to his tireless mill. Apart from anything else, he had no Cabinet salary after 1929 and it was largely his journalism that enabled him to maintain his comfortable standard... Learn More
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  31. Corrected draft typescript, signed, of an article on Disarmament.
    "Over the lacerated face of Europe the League of Nations has drawn a discreet veil. Behind that veil stir the passions, the revenges and the fears which are the legacy of the 'war to end war'". Extensively corrected typescript for one of a series of articles on foreign affairs commissioned from Churchill by "the Hearst newspapers... Learn More
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  32. Corrected draft typescript, signed, on the Soviet threat.
    Extensively corrected typescript of one of the articles on European affairs commissioned from Churchill during 1931 for syndication in Hearst newspapers. An astute commentary on European Realpolitik, anticipating the Soviet bloc and the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. On publication in the Milwaukee Sentinel, 23 August 1931, the... Learn More
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  33. The Mahdi of Allah.
    First English edition and the first edition with Churchill's introduction, originally published in German in the same year under the title Die Derwischtrommel (The Dervish Drum). Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on a preliminary blank: "To Sir Henry Wellcome in admiration of his great Research and Archaeological... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 100315

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  34. Thoughts and Adventures.
    First edition, first impression. The second volume of Churchill's autobiographical writings, covering his early political career, the battle of Sidney Street, a near silence on Gallipoli, service on the western front, the negotiation of the Irish settlement, thoughts on the "Mass effects of modern life" and life "Fifty years... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 85261

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  35. 76497
    First edition, first impression. The second volume of Churchill's autobiographical writings, covering his early political career, the battle of Sidney Street, a near silence on Gallipoli, service on the Western Front, the negotiation of the Irish settlement, thoughts on the "Mass effects of modern life" and life "Fifty years... Learn More
    £2,000

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  36. Thoughts and Adventures.
    First edition, first impression. The second volume of Churchill's autobiographical writings, covering his early political career, the battle of Sidney Street, a near silence on Gallipoli, service on the Western Front, the negotiation of the Irish settlement, thoughts on the "Mass effects of modern life" and life "Fifty years... Learn More
    £1,875

    Stock Code: 95263

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  37. 127546
    First edition, first impression. The second volume of Churchill's autobiographical writings, Thoughts and Adventures is a collection of magazine and newspaper journalism written in the same lighter, informal style as My Early Life, covering his early political career and service on the Western Front (with a near-silence... Learn More
    £475

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  38. 114371
    First edition, first impression. This is the second volume of Churchill's autobiographical writings, covering his early political career, the battle of Sidney Street, a near silence on Gallipoli, service on the Western Front, the negotiation of the Irish settlement, thoughts on the "Mass effects of modern life" and life... Learn More
    £4,500

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  39. 127457
    First edition, first impression. A collection of reminiscences from Churchill's earlier life. Learn More
    £875

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  40. 123841comp
    First editions, first impressions, trade issue, inscribed by the author in vol. IV on the front free endpaper, "To Craigavon, from Winston Churchill. August 1938". The recipient was James Craig, 1st Viscount Craigavon (1871-1940), and the first Prime Minister of Northern Ireland. Churchill was grateful for the Ulster loyalist... Learn More
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  41. 125928
    First editions, first impressions, trade issue, in a handsome binding. "Marlborough: his Life and Times took its place at once among the classics of historical writing. As the story of his ancestor's leadership of a grand alliance to prevent the domination of the continent by a single power, it was also a source of inspiration... Learn More
    £2,500

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  42. 125817comp
    First edition, first impression, signed limited issue, number 135 of 155 copies signed by Churchill on the limitation statement (half-title verso in volume I). Peter Clarke has recently described Marlborough as "a monument to its author's historical commitment, insight - and fortitude" (Mr. Churchill's Profession, p. 174);... Learn More
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  43. 122396
    First US edition, decidedly uncommon, having been issued in a surprisingly small print run of a mere 1, 040 copies; Churchill contributed a new introduction ("Nearly thirty-five years have passed since this book was written, and I am very glad that it is now to take a renewed lease of life"). "From the date of its first... Learn More
    £1,250

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  44. Arms and the Covenant.
    First edition, only printing, in the scarce first issue jacket, priced 18/- net. A total of 5,000 copies were printed; Woods notes that 3,381 were sold at 18 shillings before June 1940, when the book was re-issued as a cheap edition, priced at 7s. 6d. Arms and the Covenant is an important collection of Churchill's speeches,... Learn More
    £2,500

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  45. 63275
    First edition, first impression, of Churchill's warning of Britain's lack of military preparedness to face the threat of Nazi Germany. Learn More
    £1,750

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  46. Arms and the Covenant.
    First edition, only printing, in the scarce first issue jacket, re-priced in pencil to 7/6 to match those of the remainder issue which had new jackets printed and priced at 7/6. A total of 5,000 copies were printed; Woods notes that 3,381 were sold at 18 shillings before June 1940, when the book was re-issued as a cheap... Learn More
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  47. Step by Step 1936-1939.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 63274

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  48. 120198
    First editions, first impressions. Learn More
    £2,250

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  49. 123690comp
    First Macmilllan edition of the "Abridged and Revised Edition" in one volume, first issued by Thornton Butterworth in February 1931. Presentation copy from Churchill, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Inscribed by Winston S. Churchill for S. C. Dyke, May 1942"; with a typed letter signed tipped to the front pastedown:... Learn More
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  50. 117820
    An attractive copy of the decidedly uncommon Atlantic Charter poster issued by the US Office of War Information: no copy located by Copac in any British or Irish institutional library; OCLC cites copies at McGill, Penn State, New York Public Library, Wooster, Denison, West Texas A&M only.

    "The Atlantic Charter was... Learn More
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  51. 102752
    First and only edition, with the limitation statement: "twenty-four copies printed on hand-made paper for presentation to His Majesty the King, the Library of the House of Commons and those who took part in the ceremony". Copac shows just five locations in the UK: BL, Oxford, Cambridge, Guildhall, and Chartwell; OCLC adds... Learn More
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  52. 125066comp
    First UK editions, first impressions (volume I of the Book Society issue). A remarkable set, each volume presented by Churchill to his first cousin Oswald Moreton Frewen, inscribed on the blank before the half-title (with the exception of vol. I, which is inscribed on the half-title):

    Vol. I: "Inscribed for Oswald... Learn More
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    First Turkish edition, pts. 1, 2 and 4 only, "Inscribed Winston S. Churchill for Emery Reves 1948" in volume 1, signed and dated 1950 in volumes 2 and 4. Emery Reves was Churchill's literary agent. Reves had been instrumental in promoting Churchill's pre-War international profile by the world-wide syndication of many of... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 33674

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  54. 124673
    First UK editions, first impressions, of Churchill's masterpiece, in a handsome binding. The Second World War ranks as one of the supreme historical achievements of the 20th century, and is commonly cited as a major factor in Churchill being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. A man who had always primarily made... Learn More
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  55. 33676detail
    First Brazilian editions, eight of the ten volumes signed or inscribed by Winston Churchill.
    In fact what is here is: "Volumes I to IV in 6 parts, Volumes III and IV are in two parts each, and volume VI which is in two parts, a total of 8 parts. So we are lacking Volume V, presumed to be in two parts. There are also... Learn More
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  56. 34995detail
    First Dutch trade edition, inscribed by the author, vol. 1 "Inscribed for Emery Reves by Winston S. Churchill, 1948", vols. 2 and 3 signed and dated 1949, vol. 5 signed "WSChurchill", the others unsigned. From the library of Emery Reves, Churchill's literary agent. Reves had been instrumental in promoting Churchill's pre-war... Learn More
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  57. [The Second World War, in Italian] La Seconda Guerra Mondiale.
    First Italian editions, limited issue, first two volumes only of the complete set, number 12 of 30 numbered sets signed by the publisher of a print-run of just 1030, this copy inscribed by the author to his literary agent in vol. I; "Inscribed for Emery Reves by Winston S. Churchill, 1948". From the library of Emery Reves,... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 35016

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  58. [The Second World War, in Swedish] Andra Världskriget.
    First editions in Swedish, volumes I, III, and VI only of the complete set. Each volume inscribed by Churchill on the half-title. Volume I: "Inscribed by Winston S. Churchill 1948 for Emery Reves"; Volume III signed and dated 1950; Volume VI signed and dated 1955. From the library of Emery Reves, Churchill's literary agent.... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 35023

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  59. 35025comp
    First Danish editions, inscribed by the author, vol. 1 "For Emery Reves by Winston S. Churchill, 1949", vol. 2 signed and dated 1949, vol. 3 and 5 signed "WSChurchill", vol. 4 inscribed "For Emery Reves from Winston S. Churchill, 1951", vol. 6 signed and dated 1955. From the library of Emery Reves, Churchill's literary agent.... Learn More
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  60. 129492
    First UK editions, first impressions, of Churchill's masterpiece, in a highly attractive binding. The Second World War ranks as one of the supreme historical achievements of the 20th century, and is commonly cited as a major factor in Churchill being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. A man who had always primarily... Learn More
    £3,850

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