Churchill and Roosevelt, The Complete Correspondence. Winston S. Churchill, Warren F. Kimball.
Churchill and Roosevelt, The Complete Correspondence
Churchill and Roosevelt, The Complete Correspondence
Churchill and Roosevelt, The Complete Correspondence
Churchill and Roosevelt, The Complete Correspondence

Churchill and Roosevelt, The Complete Correspondence

Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1984. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Few relationships between world leaders proved as important and world-defining as the relationship between Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. On 11 September 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt had already been President of the United States for six and a half years. By contrast, Winston S. Churchill had only been re-appointed as Britain’s First Lord of the Admiralty a week prior, after the outbreak of the Second World War. While Roosevelt had been leading his own nation, Churchill had spent most of the 1930s out of power and out of favor, warning against the growing Nazi threat and often at odds with both his Party leadership and prevailing public sentiment. But on 11 September, President Franklin Roosevelt initiated what would become a world-defining relationship and correspondence. FDR wrote, “My dear Churchill, It is because you and I occupied similar positions in the [First] World War that I want you to know how glad I am that you are back again in the Admiralty… I shall at all times welcome it if you will keep me in touch personally with anything you want me to know about.” (ed. Kimball, Complete Correspondence Vol.I, p.24) Churchill responded with the amusingly transparent code name “Naval Person” which he changed to “Former Naval Person” when he became prime minister in May 1940. This weighty, three-volume set first issued in 1984 publishes their complete correspondence from October 1933 to April 1945, the month FDR died. The correspondence is edited with commentary by Warren F. Kimball. This is the first printing of the desirable hardcover edition. All printings of the hardcover edition totaled only 3,466 sets sold and have long been out of print. This is a quality production with illustrated dust jackets, sturdy red cloth bindings, black endpapers, head and foot bands, and contents printed on acid-free paper. This set features very good volumes in very good or better dust jackets. The red cloth bindings are square and tight with only incidental shelf wear. The contents of all three volumes are crisp and clean with no previous ownership marks. The sole defect that prevents our grading this set as "near fine" or better is a some staining to the top edges, with just few spots of the same on the otherwise clean fore edges. The dust jackets are clean with only trivial wear to extremities and complete apart from a tiny chip at the top edge of the Volume III front face. These jackets are highly prone to spine sunning. In this case we note only a barely discernible color shift between the jacket spines and faces. The dust jackets are protected with removable, archival quality clear covers. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A287.1. Item #005777

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