We’re rather proud of our new 40th Anniversary catalogue.
Over these twelve days of “Twelvetide” we thought we would share with you 12 highlights.


Signed First English Edition of LORD RANDOLPH CHURCHILL
 Inscribed in the Month of Publication

Winston Churchill’s first work of biography was an impassioned two-volume defense of his maligned father’s posthumous reputation. This First English edition set is signed and inscribed in ink on the first free endpaper of Volume I to: ”F. Smith from Winston S. Churchill, 13 Jan. 1906” (the month of publication). Laid-into the book is a presentation slip on embossed Chancellor of the Exchequer notepaper, with a written presentation in ink, in Churchill’s hand: “For Lord Colwyn.

Frederick Henry Smith, 1st Baron Colwyn (1859-1946) was a manufacturer, investor and banking executive from Churchill’s constituency of Manchester; an influential Liberal figure in Manchester politics at a time when Winston Churchill was a recent new member of the Liberal party. In fact, January 1906 — the month of Lord Randolph Churchill’s publication — also was the month of the great Liberal landslide of 1906 that carried Churchill to his first election victory as a Liberal in Manchester.

In other words, a fascinating association.

More tomorrow.