Marlborough: His Life and Times, a finely bound full set of British first editions inscribed and dated by Churchill in Volume I in the month of publication to Churchill's longtime friend and painting mentor, the artist Paul Maze. Winston S. Churchill.
Marlborough: His Life and Times, a finely bound full set of British first editions inscribed and dated by Churchill in Volume I in the month of publication to Churchill's longtime friend and painting mentor, the artist Paul Maze
Marlborough: His Life and Times, a finely bound full set of British first editions inscribed and dated by Churchill in Volume I in the month of publication to Churchill's longtime friend and painting mentor, the artist Paul Maze
Marlborough: His Life and Times, a finely bound full set of British first editions inscribed and dated by Churchill in Volume I in the month of publication to Churchill's longtime friend and painting mentor, the artist Paul Maze
Marlborough: His Life and Times, a finely bound full set of British first editions inscribed and dated by Churchill in Volume I in the month of publication to Churchill's longtime friend and painting mentor, the artist Paul Maze
Marlborough: His Life and Times, a finely bound full set of British first editions inscribed and dated by Churchill in Volume I in the month of publication to Churchill's longtime friend and painting mentor, the artist Paul Maze
Marlborough: His Life and Times, a finely bound full set of British first editions inscribed and dated by Churchill in Volume I in the month of publication to Churchill's longtime friend and painting mentor, the artist Paul Maze
Marlborough: His Life and Times, a finely bound full set of British first editions inscribed and dated by Churchill in Volume I in the month of publication to Churchill's longtime friend and painting mentor, the artist Paul Maze
Marlborough: His Life and Times, a finely bound full set of British first editions inscribed and dated by Churchill in Volume I in the month of publication to Churchill's longtime friend and painting mentor, the artist Paul Maze
Marlborough: His Life and Times, a finely bound full set of British first editions inscribed and dated by Churchill in Volume I in the month of publication to Churchill's longtime friend and painting mentor, the artist Paul Maze

Marlborough: His Life and Times, a finely bound full set of British first editions inscribed and dated by Churchill in Volume I in the month of publication to Churchill's longtime friend and painting mentor, the artist Paul Maze

London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd. 1933. First edition, first printing. Full leather. This first edition, first printing set is inscribed in Volume I in the month of publication to Churchill’s close friend and artistic mentor, French painter and “last of the Impressionists” Paul Maze. The four-line, inked half-title inscription reads: “Paul Maze | from | Winston S. Churchill | Oct. 1933”. A superlative fine binding in full orange morocco (echoing the Publisher’s original limited issue of the first edition), features gilt-bordered, raised spine bands, brown morocco title and author labels, gilt front cover frame rules, beveled edge boards, head and foot bands, hand-marbled endpapers, freshly re-gilt top edges, and tissue guard bound in preceding the inscription. The inscribed Volume I contents show modest spotting for the edition, primarily confined to prelims and mildly age-toned fore and bottom edges. Volumes II-IV show only a trivial hint of spotting confined to the mildly age-toned fore and bottom edges. We find no previous ownership marks other than the author’s inscription. The set is housed in a brown cloth slipcase. Regarded among the great artists of his generation, Paul Lucien Maze (1887-1979) “learned the rudiments of painting from family friends that included Renoir, Monet, Dufy and Pissarro.” Though born in La Havre, Maze had “a lifelong love affair with all things English.” During the First World War Maze was wounded several times and highly decorated (awarded the DCM, MM and Bar, Legion d’Honneur, and Croix de Guerre). Maze met Churchill on the Western Front in 1916, where Churchill was serving as a Lieutenant Colonel during his political exile following the Dardanelles disaster. Churchill had only recently discovered painting, the passion Maze would encourage and guide as both friend and mentor for the rest of Churchill’s life. Churchill’s official Biographer called Maze “One of Churchill’s closest French friends.” (Gilbert, VI, p.856) The friendship transcended painting, evidenced by shared moments, perspective, and correspondence. In between writing Marlborough, his most substantial published work of his 1930’s “wilderness years”, Churchill wrote a Foreword for Maze’s First World War memoir (A Frenchman in Khaki, 1934). In 1939, as war approached, Churchill also wrote a Foreword to the catalogue for his friend’s first New York exhibition (“He is no toiling seeker… but a vivid and powerful interpreter to us of the forces and harmony of Nature.”) Later that same year, on 20 August, Churchill was painting beside Maze when he “suddenly turned” to his friend and said: “This is the last picture we shall paint in peace for a very long time.” Maze recorded: “What amazed me was his concentration over his painting. No one but he could have understood more what the possibility of war meant, and how ill prepared we were. As he worked, he would now and then make statements as to the relative strengths of the German Army or the French Army… Then his jaw would clench his large cigar, and I felt the determination of his will. ‘Ah’ he would say, ‘with it all, we shall have him.’” Maze recorded that Churchill was depressed as he left: “I had written a letter to him ‘only to read when he was over the Channel’: ‘Don’t worry Winston you know that you will be Prime Minister and lead us to victory…’” (Gilbert, V, p.1103) On 1 September Nazi Germany invaded Poland returning Churchill to the Admiralty and to war. In May 1940 Churchill became Prime Minister. The next month, Maze “managed to escape through Bordeaux… bringing with him a convoy of orphans.” Maze served in the Hampshire Home Guard before serving as an RAF staff officer. (Gilbert, VI, p.857) Post-war, Maze’s friendship with Churchill continued, as did the twining of their respective paths. Churchill was Queen Elizabeth II’s first Prime Minister, Maze the Official Painter of her Coronation. Maze was a frequent Chartwell guest, the two painting together into Churchill’s final years. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A97.2(I-IV).a. Item #004295

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