Lord Randolph Churchill.London: Macmillan and Co. Limited, 1906 Stock Code: 145872
First edition, first impression of Churchill's great biography of his father, the Conservative Party statesman Lord Randolph Churchill.
Lord Randolph was a politician of great importance in British political life in the 1880s (serving as Chancellor, Leader of the Commons, and Secretary for India), until his principled resignation from the Cabinet exiled him from further prominence and advancement. Winston's relationship with his father was not particularly warm, but was respectful, and his upbringing with a father at the centre of British politics shaped the character and outlook of the future statesman.
Churchill had it in mind to write a biography of his father soon after Lord Randolph's death in January 1895, and was appointed by the late statesman's literary executors to do so in autumn 1902. Churchill worked on the biography, his most substantial literary project so far, for the next two and a half years. The book was published to acclaim in the press, with 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".
2 volumes, octavo. Original red cloth (primary issue binding), spines and front covers lettered in gilt, Marlborough crest stamped in gilt to front covers.
Photogravure portrait frontispieces, 13 plates and 3 facsimiles, 1 folding, 1 double-page.
Very light sunning to spines, minor rubbing and bumping at extremities, light scratch to rear cover of vol. I and small mark to front cover, minor residue to removed bookplate on front free endpaper of vol. I. light foxing. A very good copy.
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