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The World Crisis, 1911-1918....

Abridged and revised edition. With an additional chapter on the Battle of the Marne.

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Published: London Macmillan & Co. Ltd, 1941

Stock Code: 123690

OR On display in 43 Dover Street


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: "Dear Mr. Dyke, The Prime Minister has asked me to send the enclosed copy of 'The World Crisis', which he hopes you will accept as a small recognition of your services when you attended his daughter, Mary. Mr. Churchill is very grateful to you for all the trouble you took on that occasion", signed by Kathleen Hill (Churchill's personal private secretary), embossed 10 Downing Street letterhead, dated 26 May 1942. In 1941 the 19-year old Mary Churchill joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service - becoming an "ATS girl" - and served with an anti-aircraft battery in London, Belgium and Germany. In a letter to Randolph, Churchill described her as having "all the qualities to win her way, and is the greatest darling that can be imagined" (quoted by Martin Gilbert in Winston S. Churchill, Volume VI, p. 1177). We have not been able to identify the nature of Mary Churchill's presumed illness.

Following the Great War Sidney Campbell Dyke (1886-1975) "was appointed Assistant Bacteriologist at the School of Medicine of the University of Durham in 1918, but in 1920 he was invited by Sir Cuthbert Wallace to join the new Clinical Laboratory at St. Thomas's Hospital. In 1924 he was admitted MRCP and gained the DM Oxon., and in the same year he was appointed Pathologist and Bacteriologist to the South Staffordshire General Hospital, now the Royal Hospital, Wolverhampton, where he worked until his retirement in 1952 He will always be remembered for the creation of the Association of Clinical Pathologists (ACP) He had a gift for informed conversation backed by apt quotation (often from the Bible) and he had a true interest in the opinions of all people, from the most junior members of the Association to the most erudite. Dyke's influence in developing clinical pathology must have had a profound effect on the whole progress of medicine since the Second World War" (Royal College of Physicians online).

A very appealing provenance, throwing light on a little documented episode of Churchill's personal history during the dark days of 1942.

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Octavo. Original dark blue cloth, gilt lettered spine. With the dust jacket.


49 maps and plans (many folding).


Jacket spine toned and partially torn at head (with some loss), pale blue circular stain on front panel, a few nicks and chips, touch of foxing to fore-edge of book block, otherwise a very good copy.


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