The Second World War, finely bound, inscribed and dated by the author in Volume I and signed in Volume II, with a flight log book signed by Churchill, and a presentation letter from Churchill’s private secretary. Winston S. Churchill.
The Second World War, finely bound, inscribed and dated by the author in Volume I and signed in Volume II, with a flight log book signed by Churchill, and a presentation letter from Churchill’s private secretary
The Second World War, finely bound, inscribed and dated by the author in Volume I and signed in Volume II, with a flight log book signed by Churchill, and a presentation letter from Churchill’s private secretary
The Second World War, finely bound, inscribed and dated by the author in Volume I and signed in Volume II, with a flight log book signed by Churchill, and a presentation letter from Churchill’s private secretary
The Second World War, finely bound, inscribed and dated by the author in Volume I and signed in Volume II, with a flight log book signed by Churchill, and a presentation letter from Churchill’s private secretary
The Second World War, finely bound, inscribed and dated by the author in Volume I and signed in Volume II, with a flight log book signed by Churchill, and a presentation letter from Churchill’s private secretary
The Second World War, finely bound, inscribed and dated by the author in Volume I and signed in Volume II, with a flight log book signed by Churchill, and a presentation letter from Churchill’s private secretary
The Second World War, finely bound, inscribed and dated by the author in Volume I and signed in Volume II, with a flight log book signed by Churchill, and a presentation letter from Churchill’s private secretary
The Second World War, finely bound, inscribed and dated by the author in Volume I and signed in Volume II, with a flight log book signed by Churchill, and a presentation letter from Churchill’s private secretary
The Second World War, finely bound, inscribed and dated by the author in Volume I and signed in Volume II, with a flight log book signed by Churchill, and a presentation letter from Churchill’s private secretary

The Second World War, finely bound, inscribed and dated by the author in Volume I and signed in Volume II, with a flight log book signed by Churchill, and a presentation letter from Churchill’s private secretary

London: Cassell and Company, Ltd. 1949. Hardcover. This magnificent set of The Second World War is inscribed and dated by Churchill in Volume I and signed in Volume II, with a flight log book signed by Churchill, and a presentation letter from his private secretary.  These belonged to Captain Andrew Cannon Treyer Evans (1923-2000), the former RAF pilot who flew Churchill to England from Madeira on 12 January 1950 for the run-up to the February 1950 General Election. Also included is a 13 January 1950 newspaper clipping about the flight which quotes both Evans and Churchill. The binding is full red morocco with gilt decoration and print, raised spine bands, contrasting morocco spine labels, gilt top edges, and marbled endpapers. All seven volumes are housed in two red cloth slipcases. Volume I is the most current edition available at the time of the inscription – the first printing of the second (revised with Churchill’s many corrections) edition, published November 1949. The signed Volume II, as well as the additional four volumes comprising the set, are British first edition, first printing. A seventh “volume” is a clamshell case housing the flight log book, presentation letter, and newspaper clipping. Captain Evans’ book plates were recovered from the pastedowns of the two signed volumes and affixed to the new pastedowns and protective tissue covers were added preceding the inscribed Volume I page and signed Volume II page. Captain Evans enlisted at age 18 in 1941, earned his RAF wings in 1942, and was demobilised as a Flight Lieutenant in 1946.  During the War he trained in Airspeed Oxford bombers, flew anti U-Boat patrols and instructed in Catalina flying boats, and flew troop transport Liberators.  After the war Evans flew commercially. Evans was piloting a flying boat for Aquila Airways on 12 January 1950 when he flew Churchill back to England from the Portuguese island of Madeira. “Churchill had intended to stay in Madeira for several weeks, hoping to make considerable progress on the fourth volume of his war memoirs.  But while he was away, Attlee announced that a General Election would be held on February 23.” (Gilbert, Volume VIII, p.500) Hence Churchill cut short his trip and returned to London. The flight proved nearly as dramatic and uncertain as the election.  Fog threatened to divert the landing site, causing a scramble for the reception party on the ground. The press quoted Captain Evans: “Providence was on our side all the way, and the fog lifted at just the right time.”  Providence was not so partisan with the election, which left the Labour-led Government with a thin, five-seat majority. Churchill signed Evans’ personal flight log book.  Two and a half months later, on 28 March 1950, Churchill’s Private Secretary, Cecily “Chips” Gemmell (Private Secretary from 1947-1951) sent Evans signed copies of the first two volumes of Churchill’s The Second World War. The bindings are superb and pristine, being newly commissioned by us. Within, the post-war economy standards paper remains uniformly bright for the edition. Spotting to the signed volumes is modest for the edition, light and intermittent inside, a bit heavier to the otherwise bright fore and bottom edges.  Spotting to the final four volumes is trivial, confined to fore and bottom edges. We find no previous ownership marks other than the author’s graffiti and Captain Evans' bookplates in Volume I & II. The signed flight log book is in very good condition, retaining the original binding, previously reinforced at the inner joints. The blank verso of the log book’s final entry page contains three inscriptions dated June and July 1950, including that of English actor Carleton Hobbs (1898-1978). The accompanying presentation letter on Chartwell stationery is marred only by old cellotape stains at the blank upper and lower margins, where the letter was originally affixed inside Volume I. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A240.4(I).d & A240.4(II-VI).a, Woods/ICS A123(ba), Langworth p.264. Item #003280

Price: $17,500.00