My Early Life, finely bound by Bayntun-Riviere. Winston S. Churchill.
My Early Life, finely bound by Bayntun-Riviere
My Early Life, finely bound by Bayntun-Riviere
My Early Life, finely bound by Bayntun-Riviere
My Early Life, finely bound by Bayntun-Riviere
My Early Life, finely bound by Bayntun-Riviere
My Early Life, finely bound by Bayntun-Riviere
My Early Life, finely bound by Bayntun-Riviere
My Early Life, finely bound by Bayntun-Riviere

My Early Life, finely bound by Bayntun-Riviere

London: Thornton Butterworth Limited, 1930. First edition, first printing, first state. Half leather. This is the first edition, first printing, first state of Churchill’s autobiography, finely bound by the renowned Bayntun-Riviere bindery of Bath, England for Henry Sotheran Ltd. of London, one of the world’s oldest bookshops. The binding is half red morocco over crimson cloth boards, featuring hubbed spine with gilt ruled compartments, gilt decorated spine bands, gilt ruled transitions, generous morocco corners, marbled endpapers, head and foot bands, and gilt top edge. Condition is near fine. The binding is beautifully tight and clean with only a trivial hint of scuffing to the cloth boards. The contents are well-suited to the binding, with no previous ownership marks and only a barely discernible hint of spotting that appears confined to the first and final few leaves. “BOUND BY BAYNTUN-RIVIERE BATH, ENGLAND” is stamped on the lower final free endpaper recto. “SOTHERAN. SACKVILLE ST. LONDON” is stamped on the upper front free endpaper verso. First state of the first printing is confirmed by the absence of the 1911-1914 volume of The World Crisis on the half title verso list of works by the author. My Early Life covers the years from Churchill’s birth in 1874 to his first few years in Parliament. One can hardly ask for more adventurous content. These were momentous and formative years for Churchill, including his time as a war correspondent and cavalry officer in theatres as varied as Cuba, northwest India, and sub-Saharan and southern Africa. This time contained a wide range of experiences in Churchill’s life. Not only was he developing as an author, publishing his first books, and making his first lecture tour of North America, but this was also the time of his capture and daring escape during the Boer War, which made him a celebrity and helped launch his political career. Churchill would take his seat in Parliament only weeks after the end of Queen Victoria's reign. My Early Life remains one of the most popular and widely read of all Churchill's books. And for good reason, as the work certainly ranks among the most charming and accessible of his many books. An original 1930 review likened it to a "beaker of Champagne." That effervescent charm endures; a more recent writer called it "a racy, humorous, self-deprecating classic of autobiography." To be sure, Churchill takes some liberties with facts and perhaps unduly lightens or over-simplifies certain events, but this is eminently forgivable and in keeping with the wit, pace, and engaging style that characterizes the book. My Early Life sold very well at the time and has seen a great many editions since, many of them collectible in their own right, but of course a premium attaches to first editions. The challenge for collectors is that the original plum colored cloth binding of this edition proved especially susceptible to fading, soiling, and wear; nearly all copies are considerably spine faded. This fine binding is an attractive and skillfully executed alternative. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A91.1.a, Woods/ICS A37(aa), Langworth p.131.8. Item #004955

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