ATLAS TO THE MEMOIRS OF JOHN DUKE OF MARLBOROUGH
Contains Armorial Bearings, Facsimiles, Maps, and Military Plans
Longmans, Green, & Co. Ltd. [London]
Hardcover [Ornately gilt tooled leather]
Item Number: 8493
The true first edition of this rarity, with all plates and fold-out maps present. Spine has been repaired withe some loss to lower title label. Covers are a bit scuffed with age, ornamental gilt has faded in places, marble endpapers and fore-edges are slightly faded. Laid-in is a bookplate that reads: “Ex Libris: Winston Churchill,” over a line-drawing of St. George slaying the dragon. In recognition of the first Duke of Marlborough’s services to King Charles I as Captain of the Horse and his loyalty to King Charles II as a Member of Parliament, Churchill’s ancestor was awarded in 1661 an augmentation of honour to his family arms in the form of a canton of St. George, the patron saint of Great Britain. Churchill’s own attachment to St. George was manifested throughout his life and career, he spoke often of the emblematic image of St. George slaying the dragon. According to biographer, Martin Gilbert, Winston Churchill did not utilize a bookplate, so far as we know. Did this early bookplate belong to the young Winston? Impossible to say.