New York: Macmillan & Company, Ltd., 1906. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 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.
Offered here is a very good+ example of the first U.S. edition, which is visually similar but aesthetically superior to the British, having gilt top page edges and a lightly scored cloth binding. The red cloth boards and spine are bright and clean with very little wear and bright gilt. The only notable flaw to the set is a vertical dimple at the center of each spine due to the weight of the heavy pages pulling at the binding for the past 100+ years. Nonetheless, overall spine presentation is very good, with only light wear at head and tail. The contents of both volumes are marvelously crisp, clean, and exceptionally bright. There is no spotting except at the Volume II frontispiece. There are no inscriptions or previous ownership marks of any kind. The gilt top edges remain bright.
Reference: Woods Cohen A17.2, Woods A8(ab). Item #000435