Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1969. Second, revised Canadian edition. Hardcover. In 1963, Frederick Woods published the first serious bibliography of the works of Winston Churchill. Woods' effort is said to have discovered numerous pieces not even remembered by Churchill or his family. Though now superseded by Ronald Cohen's excellent bibliography (2006), Woods' Bibliography is still an important reference source.
This homely, well-used copy of the 1969 second and revised Canadian edition is notable for provenance. This copy is annotated by Dalton Newfield, whose address stickers are affixed to the front and rear pastedowns, accompanied by the sticker of a Sacramento, California bookseller (the City in which Newfield lived). Newfield's personal library notation code is penciled on the upper front free endpaper. Newfield was not only the world’s first Churchill-specialist bookseller, but was also the senior editor of the International Churchill Society’s journal, Finest Hour.
An American WWII veteran, Newfield took from his time in wartime Europe both an English bride and an abiding respect for Churchill. His admiration led to a scholarly interest and in 1970 he became the senior editor of the International Churchill Society’s journal, Finest Hour. Richard Langworth wrote of Newfield, “For five years and eighteen issues, Dal Newfield’s Finest Hour was the heart of the Churchill scene for many who had before known Sir Winston only as an inspired leader during World War II. Dal painted with much broader strokes: the cheeky child of Blenheim, the ambitious subaltern, the youthful adventurer-journalist, the nervy young MP, the First Lord of the Admiralty, the artist and historian, the prophet and thinker.”
This copy of the revised Canadian edition is only good in a good dust jacket. The dust jacket is soiled with tape applied to the top and bottom edges and on the inside of the folds. Newfield also used the back of the dust jacket to figure some math in pen. There is a stamp stuck to the front of the dust jacket (which we humbly suggest viewing as a charming reminder of Newfield’s first contribution to FH, an essay on stamps). The cloth binding is clean with some shelf wear along the bottom edge and soiling to the front page edges. The contents are annotated in pencil with tipped in emendations.
Reference: Zoller A236. Item #004640