Lord Randolph Churchill

Price: 100.00 USD

London: Odhams Press Limited, 1952. This is a jacketed copy of the 1952 edition of Lord Randolph Churchill, Winston Churchill's biography of his father. Churchill's first biographic work concentrates on Lord Randolph's career in Parliament after 1880. Lord Randolph died in January 1895 at age 45 following the spectacular collapse of both his health and political career. His son Winston was 20 years old. When he first contemplated writing his father's biography Winston Churchill was a still an itinerant soldier and war correspondent who had yet to write his first book. The son still dwelt very much in his father's shadow, both emotionally and in terms of the political career to which he already aspired. By the time the work was published in 1906, the young Winston Churchill already had half a dozen books to his credit and half a decade in Parliament. By 1906 Churchill had already left his father's political party, prevailed in the same political battle that had terminated his father's career, and was just two years from his first Cabinet post. Churchill was criticized by some reviewers for overplaying his father's accomplishments. Nonetheless, the work was well received both as a frank portrayal of Randolph's extremes and as a showcase for the son's literary talent. The British first edition was published in two volumes in 1906. This 1952 single-volume edition contains the full text of the original 1906 two-volume edition plus an interesting new foreword by the author written specifically for this edition, making it bibliographically important and collectable. Echoing some of the themes of his yet-unpublished essay "The Dream" Churchill summarizes some of the immense changes to Britain and its position in the world and speculates on how his father would have regarded them. This edition was striking but fragile. The red-orange cloth bindings are thin, prone to sunning, soiling, and gutterbreaks. The dust jackets are thin and easily scuffed and torn. This copy is near fine in a good plus dust jacket. The orange cloth binding is clean, square, bright, and tight with sharp corners and bright spine gilt. The contents are clean with no previous ownership marks and no spotting. Trivial soiling to the top edge of the text block and a hint of shelf wear to the bottom edges of the binding are the only small flaws to report. The dust jacket is creased and worn with some closed tears, as are nearly all copies we encounter, but retains strong, unfaded spine color and shows only fractional losses at the spine ends and corners. The lower front flap is neatly price-clipped. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A17.5, Woods/ICS A8(c), Langworth p.75.


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