London: Robert Hale Limited, 1957. First edition. Hardcover. This is the first edition, first printing of a biography of Winston S. Churchill written by his friend, Princess Bibesco. Condition is very good in a very good minus jacket. The red cloth binding is square and tight with bright gilt on the spine and only minor shelf wear to the rear cover. The contents are clean and bright without ownership markings or spotting. The unclipped jacket featuring a photograph of Churchill is bright with very little fading to the spine, shelf wear to the extremities, and some soiling to the white rear panel. There are two areas of loss on the rear panel. The dust jacket is protected by a removable, archival quality cover.
Bibesco (1886-1773) first met Churchill in April 1914 at a dinner party with French politicians on the eve of the First World War. They would become and remain friends until Churchill's death more than half a century later. Bibesco was highly educated, beautiful, exotic, engaging, and a prolific author. She spent her long life moving comfortably in the circles of Europe's royal, political, social, and intellectual elite. She was friend, confidante, and sometimes intimate of European monarchs and prime ministers. She knew not only Winston, but also members of his family, counting among her more intimate friends Churchill's aunt, Leonie Jerome. Her position thus provided the “dual advantages of privileged knowledge and a foreigner’s detachment.” Bibliographer Curt Zoller characterizes this biography as "A detached, admiring view."
Reference: Zoller A178. Item #002404