London: Brassey's, 1998. First edition. Hardcover. This book is an absolute must for Churchill collectors. Written by Churchill expert and International Churchill Society Founder Richard Langworth, it discusses in detail nearly all English language editions of Churchill's works. This is a beautifully fine, nearly as new jacketed copy of the first edition of 1998 inscribed in the year of publication by the author. Inked in black in six lines above the author's name on the title page is: "To Gail - Hoping | all your good help | is obvious here! | from | Richard | 6/30/98". This inscribed copy is pristine - square, clean, bright, and tight with no appreciable wear. The bright and clean dust jacket shows minor wear and a little wrinkling to extremities. The jacket is protected beneath a removable, archival quality clear cover.
The life and achievements of Richard M. Langworth CBE (b.1941) are entwined with service to Churchill’s memory and legacy. Among his accomplishments, Richard revived the Churchill Society, edited 140 issues of the Churchill Society’s quarterly publication Finest Hour, was a Churchill-specialist bookseller, and authored A Connoisseur’s Guide to the Books of Sir Winston Churchill and five books of Churchill quotations. In 1998, Richard was awarded by Her Majesty the Queen with a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) “for services to Anglo-American understanding and the memory of Sir Winston Churchill.” Richard now serves as a Senior Fellow for the Churchill Project at Hillsdale College.
Richard Langworth did a great service to Churchill collectors with A Connoisseur’s Guide to the Books of Sir Winston Churchill, not only discussing each edition at length, but also seeking and incorporating hundreds of images of some truly extraordinary books. Not a bibliography, this book is truly what the title purports - a guide. Reading it provides an aesthetic, critical, and historical sense for each of Churchill's book-length works. Moreover, useful information is provided about identifying many of the many editions of each of Churchill's book-length works. While the market values cited are woefully out of date and should be disregarded, the information about editions and the hundreds of photographs remain quite informative.
Reference: Zoller A636. Item #005535