Lord Randolph Churchill

Price: 220.00 USD

London: Macmillan and Company, 1906. This is the first edition, only printing of Winston Churchill's biography of his father, Lord Randolph Churchill, a lifelong mated pair bearing Lord Randolph's pasted-in signature. The two-volume work concentrates on Lord Randolph's career in Parliament after 1880. Winston Churchill's father, 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 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 first edition is aesthetically pleasing, featuring deep red cloth, untrimmed page edges, gilt stamping, and the family coat of arms on the front covers. However, the red cloth binding of this edition proved quite susceptible to fading and wear and the contents to heavy spotting. This is reasonably typical set, in good plus condition. The bindings remain square and tight with nicely rounded spines and uniform shelf appearance denoting a matched pair, but nonetheless suffering the usual aesthetic flaws, including faded spines and modest wear to extremities. The contents remain bright with spotting primarily to the untrimmed fore and bottom edges, occasionally intruding to inner page margins. The same previous owner name is inked on each front pastedown. Each lower rear pastedown has a small "Times Book Club" sticker. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A17.1, Woods A8(a), Langworth p.69. First edition, only printing.


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