Lord Randolph Churchill. Winston S. Churchill.
Lord Randolph Churchill
Lord Randolph Churchill
Lord Randolph Churchill
Lord Randolph Churchill

Lord Randolph Churchill

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 in addition to the family coat of arms featured in tilt on the front covers. The condition of these books is very good. The maroon cloth bindings are tight and square with sharp corners. The spines are slightly soiled and dulled but nonetheless retain very good shelf presentation. Exterior wear is slight, primarily confined to the spine ends and a slight, U-shaped indentation on the Volume II front cover. The contents are unusually bright and tight. Even the untrimmed text block fore edges are clean and bright. No gutter breaks. No previous owner inscriptions or bookplates. Spotting is confined to the illustrated plates. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A17.2, Woods/ICS A8(ab), Langworth p.71. Very good. Item #001227

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