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LIFE IN LONDON
[From the Library of Winston Churchill’s Brother, Jack Churchill]
First English Edition (Second State)
Sherwood Neely and Jones [London]
8vo (376 pages illustrated with 36 hand colored plates by Robert and George Cruikshank)
Hardcover [Blue leather]
Item Number: 16672
“Or, the Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn, Esq. And His Elegant Friend Corinthian Tom, Accompanied By Bob Logic, the Oxonian, in Their Rambles and Sprees Through the Metropolis.”
This is the Second State of the First English edition (with Egan’s interpolated footnote on page 9; the first page of music unnumbered; and “good-bies” uncorrected on page 376). It is rebound in full polished blue calf, all edges gilt, with marbled endpapers, the spine elaboratley tooled with raised bands in six compartments. The contents are fine and virtually unfoxed. The bookplate of Jack Churchill is affixed to the front pastedown.
JOHN STRANGE SPENCER CHURCHILL (always known as Jack) was the second son of Lord and Lady Randolph Churchill, and the younger brother, by just over five years, of Winston. After a successful school career at Harrow, it was Jack Churchill’s dearest wish to follow his adored older brother into a military career but the family’s ruined financial state, in the wake of Randolph Churchill’s passing, caused Jennie Churchill to press her youngest son into the service of Sir Ernest Cassell, there to “make millions” as a stockbroker. Jack and Winston Churchill remained devoted to one another until Jack’s passing in 1947.