Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Volume II, Young Statesman, 1901-1914. Randolph S. Churchill.
Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Volume II, Young Statesman, 1901-1914
Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Volume II, Young Statesman, 1901-1914
Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Volume II, Young Statesman, 1901-1914
Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Volume II, Young Statesman, 1901-1914
Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Volume II, Young Statesman, 1901-1914

Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Volume II, Young Statesman, 1901-1914

London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1967. First Edition. Hardcover. This is the British first edition, first printing of the second volume of the Official Biography of Sir Winston S. Churchill. This volume spans the years 1901 to 1914, encompassing Churchill's early political career, from his taking his first seat in Parliament at the age of 25 to the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, which saw Churchill serving in the powerful Cabinet post of First Lord of the Admiralty. This copy is very good plus in a very good dust jacket. The red cloth binding is square and tight with sharp corners. We note only light shelf wear to extremities, a faint stain at the top edge of the front cover, and a tiny blemish to the lower rear hinge. The contents remain respectably bright. A hint of spotting appears confined to the fore edges and the red topstain retains uniform color, only lightly sunned. Intriguingly, the sole previous ownership mark is the initials of “WSC” and a date of “…’67” on the front free endpaper. The dust jacket is unclipped, retaining the original lower front flap price, and unfaded, with no color shift between the faces and spine. We note light wear to extremities and a .5 inch (1.3 cm) deep triangular chip at the upper rear face. The jacket is protected beneath a removable, clear, archival cover. The Official Biography was begun by Winston’s son, Randolph Churchill (1911-1968), and completed by Sir Martin Gilbert (1936-2015). Randolph, Winston’s only son, had Churchillian gifts which he ultimately failed to fully refine and apply. British historian Andrew Roberts has said: “Aside from his heroically dismal manners, his gambling, arrogance, vicious temper, indiscretions, and aggression,” Randolph “was generous, patriotic, extravagant and amazingly courageous.” Randolph dwelt in his father’s shadow and often disappointed him. Nonetheless, “Winston Churchill never let the sun go down upon his wrath, and when Randolph’s idleness ended in lecture tours and races for Parliament, he lent his support, even when his son’s campaigns were politically unhelpful to him. During World War II, when Randolph served with distinction in North Africa and Yugoslavia, Winston entrusted him with sensitive tasks which he performed with skill and discretion… After the war, Churchill willed his invaluable archive to Randolph; and in 1959, he bestowed the ultimate accolade by inviting Randolph to be his official biographer.” (Richard Langworth) Winston, who had written a biography of his own father, had been forced to appeal for the privilege after his father’s death. Perhaps symbolically, Randolph completed only the first two volumes before he died in 1968. Reference: Zoller A301b. Item #002562

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