Wilderness Trails in Three Continents, inscribed by the author
Lionel A D Leslie, with a Foreword by The Rt Hon Winston S. Churchill, P.C.
Price: 350.00 USD
London: Heath Cranton Limited, 1931. Here is the first edition with an exceptional inscription by the author that fills the half title, reading in 9 lines in black ink: "To Tiny | with best wishes | from an old brother | officer. | Lionel Leslie | 10/6/35 | P.S. These pages contain 90% | eyewash, & don't even aim | at being taken serious. (Author)". This book is notable to Churchill collectors for a generously complimentary Foreword by Churchill dated "April 24th, 1931". Lionel Leslie (1900-1987) was the son of Leonie Leslie (née Jerome), sister of Winston Churchill's mother, making him Winston's cousin. Winston was also Lionel's godfather. Churchill calls Leslie "a realist with a keen if ingenuous eye" and says of the book that it "tells a plain tale in a lively and agreeable fashion, and should be welcomed most of all by those who will envy the author his enjoyable, though sometimes dangerous, roamings." Condition of the book is good plus. The green cloth binding is square and tight, but with wear at the extremities, modest scuffing and soiling to the covers, and toning, staining, and faded print on the spine. The contents remain bright and clean. What likely was a previous owner name at the upper left front pastedown has been crossed out in blue ink and the small sticker of a London bookshop is affixed to the lower front pastedown. We note another previous owner name and date inked to the upper title page. Light interior spotting appears confined to the title and dedication pages, with modest spotting to the page edges. The frontispiece is partially detached, but still anchored at the lower 3 inches. Bibliographic reference: Cohen B46, Woods B16. First edition.
- By This Publisher: Heath Cranton Limited