New York: Glenn Horowitz, Bookseller, 1988. First edition. Pamphlet. This scarce and lovely pamphlet is a beautiful reproduction of an 18 February 1898 letter from Winston Churchill to Sir Algernon West, produced in a limited and numbered edition. From the preface to this edition: "Churchill's relationship with Sir Algernon West (1832-1921) commenced, apparently, only after Lord Randolph Churchill's death. In the October 1896 issue of 'Nineteenth Century' magazine West published 'Lord Randolph as an Official,' an article from which Sir Winston would quote in his 1906 biography of his father. The older man, who twice served W.E. Gladstone as Private Secretary, also gave the young biographer access to his private papers during his research into his father's life."
Churchill's letter was written prior to publication of his first book, The Story of the Malakand Field Force, and conveys with remarkable candor some of the perceptions, predilections, and ambitions of the young man who would not become Britain's most famous Prime Minister for another four decades. The pamphlet is bound in handmade laid card wrappers fastened with string, measures 8 x 5.25 inches (20.32 x 13.33 cm), and is 12 pages in length. The contents are printed on handmade paper and include a cartoon illustration by M.G. Lord, an explanatory note on Churchill's relationship with West, and the text of the letter itself, followed by the colophon. At the time of publication, the original letter resided in the collection of Malcolm Forbes, Jr. This edition was limited to 200 numbered copies, of which this is hand-numbered 118, and also bears the signature of the illustrator, M.G. Lord, on the limitation page. This copy is in pristine condition, obviously unread with no markings or wear and protected with a clear mylar cover.
Reference: Cohen A289. Item #005942