Lord Randolph Churchill. Winston S. Churchill.
Lord Randolph Churchill
Lord Randolph Churchill
Lord Randolph Churchill

Lord Randolph Churchill

New York: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., 1906. First U.S. edition, only printing. Hardcover. This is the first U.S. edition, only printing, of Winston Churchill’s 1906 biography of his father, Lord Randolph Churchill. This U.S. edition is visually similar but aesthetically superior to its British counterpart, having gilt top page edges and a lightly scored cloth binding. This set is in good overall condition, sound and with respectable shelf presence, though with minor flaws that lead us to be conservative in both grading condition and pricing. The original scored red cloth bindings remain bright and sound with unfaded spine color and strong gilt. We note modest wear to corners and spine ends with some fraying to lower corners and spine heels, minor soiling and staining to the Volume II covers and the lower Volume I spine, and a 6.5 inch (16.5 cm) light scratch extending down from the upper right of the Volume II spine. The notably bright and clean contents are slightly shaken but still firmly attached to the bindings. The top edge gilt remains quite bright and the untrimmed fore and bottom edges unusually clean. We find no spotting and the sole previous ownership mark is an inked name on the Volume II front free endpaper recto. The only detraction from the contents is that the Letter from Queen Victoria at p.154 of Volume II is missing. Winston Churchill’s biography of his father focuses on Lord Randolph's career in Parliament after 1880. Winston Churchill's father, Lord Randolph, died in January 1895 at age 45 following the spectacular collapse of both his health and political career. His son Winston was 20 years old. When he first contemplated writing his father's biography Winston Churchill was an itinerant soldier and war correspondent who had yet to write his first book. The son still dwelt very much in his father's shadow, both emotionally and in terms of the political career to which he already aspired. By the time the work was published in 1906, the young Winston Churchill already had half a dozen books to his credit and half a decade in Parliament. By 1906 Churchill had already left his father's political party, prevailed in the same political battle that had terminated his father's career, and was just two years from his first Cabinet post. That Churchill would be selected as biographer by Lord Randolph's executors was not a foregone conclusion. Churchill first entertained the idea soon after his father's death, but it was not until late in 1902 that he was appointed. Churchill then spent two and a half years researching and writing. We can assume that it was not only a major literary effort, but an emotional one as well. Of the work, Churchill wrote to Lord Rosebery on 11 September 1902 "It is all most interesting to me - and melancholy too" (R. Churchill, Companion Volume II, Part 1, p.438). Churchill was criticized by some reviewers for overplaying his father's accomplishments. Nonetheless, the work was well received both as a frank portrayal of Randolph's extremes and as a showcase for the son's literary talent. Please note that this large, heavy set may require additional postage depending upon destination and preferred delivery method. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A17.2, Woods/ICS A8(ab), Langworth p.71. Item #005768

Price: $150.00

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