‘History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.’
Politician, reporter, and writer, Sir Winston Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. He was a regular customer at Hatchards and the records show that his tastes were wide-ranging. Political works such as Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations and four volumes of Pitt’s speeches are listed alongside Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, Leo Tolstoy’s The Kreutzer Sonata and six volumes of Casanova’s Memoirs.
First Editions of Churchill’s Works in 43 Leather-bound Volumes
Sir Winston Churchill is well-known for his histories of the English-Speaking peoples and the Second World War but many of his other writings are hard to find, particularly in such fine editions. As well as the histories, this magnificent collection includes Savrola, his only novel, My African Life and his four-volume biography of Marlborough. My Early Life, the story of his first twenty-five years sees the future prime minister struggling with Latin grammar, charging the Dervishes at Omdurman and preparing a speech for a Conservative fête.
The collection comprises thirty works in forty-three volumes, all first or first English editions with plates and illustrations throughout, including portraits, maps, charts, plans and views, some folding, some in colour. There is occasional scattered pale spotting and some fading to spines but generally they are surprisingly clean. The volumes were bound in the twentieth century for Sotherans, without advertisements, in uniform crushed half morocco with gilt.
This is an attractive and near-comprehensive collection of Churchill’s major works in first edition. We have never seen such a thing before and are unlikely to do so again.
The Story of the Malakand Field Force, without errata slip, lacking tissue guard, (1898)
The River War, 2 volumes (1899)
London to Ladysmith (1900)
Ian Hamilton’s March (1900)
Lord Randolph Churchill, 2volumes (1906)
My African Journey (1908)
Liberalism and the Social Problem (1909)
The World Crisis, 6 volumes, 3 part 2 with errata slip (1923-1931)
My Early Life, first issue, 1930
Thoughts and Adventures, 1932 bound with Painting as a Pastime (1948)
Marlborough: His Life and Times, 4 volumes (1933-38)
Great Contemporaries (1937)
Arms and the Covenant (1938)
Step by Step (1939)
Into Battle (1941) bound with The Unrelenting Struggle (1942)
The End of the Beginning (1945) bound with Onwards to Victory (1944)
Dawn of Liberation (1945) bound with Victory (1946)
The Second World War, 6 volumes (1948-54)
The Sinews of Peace (1948) bound with Maxims and Reflections (1947)
Europe Unite (1950)
In the Balance (1951)
Stemming the Tide (1953)
A History of the English Speaking Peoples, 4 volumes (1956-58)
A Tribute by Various Hands (1954)
A History of the English-Speaking Peoples – Signed First Editions
Volumes of Winston Churchill signed by himself are famously rare – we are immensely proud to have a set of first editions of The English-Speaking Peoples with all volumes signed. Their provenance is impeccable (the family of a member of staff!) and their state near fine. Each volume has a very good dust jacket.
To order either of these sets, or to enquire about our other rare and out of print books, please email (firstname.lastname@example.org ), telephone (020 7493 9921) or, better still, visit the shop. Until Christmas we are open from 9am to 9pm Mondays to Saturdays and 12.30-6.30 on Sundays. We look forward to seeing you.