We specialize in books and other published works by and about Sir Winston Churchill, offering both a singular inventory and approachable expertise.
Churchill's official biographer, Sir Martin Gilbert, rightly called Churchill's long life "remarkable and versatile". Statesman, soldier, war correspondent, ardent social reformer, combative cold warrior, painter - Churchill was many things, but perhaps above all a master wordsmith.
As it turns out, when Churchill wasn't busy trying to govern the British people or saving the free world from tyranny, he wrote. Prolifically and quite well.
Churchill published 58 books, 260 pamphlets, and more than 840 feature articles. His speeches fill 9,000 pages. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature. And writing was his part-time job.
We're here to help Churchill's words find your shelves.
Our extensive inventory represents decades of experience collecting Churchill. Our diverse offerings include a strong selection of scarce and fine Churchill material – of course first editions, scarce editions, and signed and inscribed copies – as well as a stock of more affordable reading copies of works by and about Churchill.
Our passion, expertise, and primary focus remains Churchill. Nonetheless, we do feature a growing selection of non-Churchill material and can certainly help you with collecting or selling other authors.
The book trade has changed a lot since our days of seeking delightfully dusty old bookstores and introducing ourselves to the resident cats and proprietors (in that order of course). Even though much business is now online, we try to bring the same level of personal care and attention that a collector might find in a traditional bookshop.
Our descriptions are reliably detailed, accurate, and honest, always accompanied by images of the actual item offered, so our customers can come as close as possible to a visceral feel for what they are buying. We answer inquiries fully and swiftly. We pack and ship all of our orders with care and attention. And we are able to help assemble full collections of Churchill’s works and commission quality fine bindings and preservation cases.
We enjoy assisting fellow collectors, so we are happy to help answer questions about the daunting profusion of editions in the Churchill canon. If you seek a Churchill edition you do not find in our current online inventory, please contact us; we may have it in unlisted inventory. If not, we will likely be able to find it for you.
We also welcome contact if you have either individual Churchill books or a Churchill collection to sell.
Our inventory may be searched online via this website or you may visit us in San Diego by appointment.
Churchill Book Collector is operated by Marc Kuritz of San Diego, California and Paul Shelley of Edmonton, Alberta.
Marc was first introduced to Churchill as an undergraduate in Washington D.C. during a discussion about leadership qualities with a college professor. Marc recalls: "I was studying and embarking upon a career in politics and was already a lifelong bibliophile. Churchill was a complex icon of political leadership who, whenever he wasn't busy trying to lead the free world, spent his life writing a veritable library of books. Match.com could not have made a better connection than my professor did." Years later after accumulating a lot of knowledge and a lot of books and leaving a career in politics, Marc became a book dealer.
Paul also came to Churchill via a recommendation. Paul first became interested in Churchill when his father loaned him a Bantam paperback set of A History of the English-Speaking Peoples for a road trip Paul was taking with friends. "The fact that I actually took the books with me and read them on the trip tells you why I pretty much had to become a Churchill specialist."
When Marc and Paul met via a sale, they decided to work together. Both Marc and Paul maintain extensive personal collections, Marc's focused primarily on fine first editions and Paul's on the daunting completist goal of securing reference copies of every edition, printing, and state of published book-length works authored by Churchill, with a particular affinity for rare Canadian editions.