London: George Newnes, Ltd., 1931. Periodical. Here we offer a magazine appearance of Churchill’s essay “Alfonso the Unlucky” published here half a decade prior to its inclusion in Great Contemporaries (1937). Churchill's character profile of King Alfonso XIII of Spain was written the year the King fled his country, effectively abdicating the throne he would not formally relinquish for another 10 years, after the Spanish Civil War. Churchill’s opening lines (“To begin life again in middle age under novel and contracted conditions with a status and habit of mind never before experienced, barred from the one profession to which a lifetime has been devoted! Surely a harsh destiny.”) perhaps echo Churchill's own ostracism. The 1930s were to be known as Churchill's “wilderness years” which found him out of power and out of favor, his persistent warnings about the growing Nazi threat often unheeded.
This article is published in The Strand Magazine, Vol. LXXXII, No. 487, at pages 15-23. Churchill's article is prominently advertised, with the title and author printed in bright yellow on a red banner across the magazine’s front cover. The piece spans 9 pages with 6 illustrations. This original July 1931 issue of Strand Magazine is in very good plus condition. The covers are complete, firmly attached, bright, and free of creases. The spine is complete and free of vertical creases. The contents are complete, bright, and free of spotting. Churchill's profile of Alfonso was also published in the June 1927 issue of Collier's and later appeared in Great Contemporaries (1937) under the title "Alfonso XIII".
Reference: Cohen C353b, Woods C171. Item #005034