Thoughts and Adventures, finely bound in full red morocco by Bayntun-Riviere. Winston S. Churchill.
Thoughts and Adventures, finely bound in full red morocco by Bayntun-Riviere
Thoughts and Adventures, finely bound in full red morocco by Bayntun-Riviere
Thoughts and Adventures, finely bound in full red morocco by Bayntun-Riviere
Thoughts and Adventures, finely bound in full red morocco by Bayntun-Riviere
Thoughts and Adventures, finely bound in full red morocco by Bayntun-Riviere
Thoughts and Adventures, finely bound in full red morocco by Bayntun-Riviere

Thoughts and Adventures, finely bound in full red morocco by Bayntun-Riviere

London: Thornton Butterworth Ltd., 1932. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. This is a finely bound first edition, first printing of Churchill's collection of 23 engaging essays on an incredibly wide variety of subjects, first published in 1932. The exceptional fine binding was executed in full dark red morocco by the renowned Bayntun-Riviere bindery of Bath, England. The exceptional goatskin binding features a hubbed spine with tooled spine bands and gilt-ruled compartments gilt stamped with the title and a lion rampant. There are gilt rule borders on the covers, gilt rules on the binding edges, gilt page edges, and double blind-ruled gilt turn-ins with decorative corner devices and framing striking, marbled endpapers. Churchill's facsimile signature is stamped in gilt on the center front cover. Even the gold and red head and foot bands are executed with noteworthy skill and aesthetic effect. Overall, a lovely example of the binder's craft and a reminder that all fine bindings are not created equal. “BAYNTUN-RIVIERE BATH" is gilt-stamped on the lower front pastedown. In 1939 the George Bayntun firm acquired the Rivière Bindery, the year before he died. The Bayntun-Rivière Bindery has been in residence on Manvers Street in Bath since 1939. Condition of this finely bound first edition would be fine but for a single flaw – the page edge gilt has flaked in a number of places, imparting a mottled appearance to the otherwise clean page edges. Apart from this flaw, all else is stunning. The binding is bright and clean with no reportable wear or blemishes. The contents are well-suited to the binding, with a crisp feel and no spotting or previous ownership marks. Thoughts and Adventures has been called "The broadest range of Churchill's thought between two hard covers" and reflects two qualities that so characterize Churchill's life - a remarkable breadth of both mind and life experience. The content ranges from musing both personal and political to prescient speculating on the future. An original blurb rather captured the spirit of the work: "Whether he is dealing with personal reminiscences, or telling us his views on any subject under the sun, Mr. Churchill stamps the page with his own vivid personality." In a 31 May 1932 letter to his publisher about the book, Churchill characterized his book thus: "...although there is no one single theme, it has some of the best things in it I have ever written.” The original khaki cloth binding proved quite prone to wear, soiling, and toning. This Bayntun-Riviere binding offers an aesthetically pleasing and enduring alternative. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A95.1.a, Woods/ICS A39(aa.1), Langworth p.156. Item #005726

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