-"Gump's" Limited Edition-


Limited Edition

By: Winston S. Churchill

Gump’s Department Store [San Francisco, Beverly Hills]

Biblio: (Cohen A242.7) (A125c)

4to (28 pages)

Hardcover [Patterned Paper Covered Boards hardcover]

Item Number: 207520


Collector's Guide

Painting as a Pastime is Winston Churchill’s marvelous essay celebrating his favorite hobby. It first appeared in the Strand magazine over two issues in December 1921 and January 1922. It was then anthologized in Churchill’s 1932 book, Thoughts and Adventures, before being published on its own as this delightful little volume, which has since been endlessly re-issued in a variety of English and American editions.


This is a rare limited edition produced by the west coast Gump’s department store chain in 1985. The colophon reads: “Gump’s is privileged to have been granted permission to reprint PAINTING AS A PASTIME in a limited edition of 500 copies in honor of the Exhibition, ‘British Style,’ October 1985.”

The book reproduces the contents and design of the elegant little Cornerstone Library hardcover edition of 1965, absent that edition’s 18 color plates of paintings.

This is a near-mint copy, as issued without a dust jacket; Number 197 of 500 copies. It is inscribed in ink on the second front free endpaper by Winston Churchill’s grandson, who contributed a brief, new introduction to this volume: “To Morelos, from Winston Churchill.” (Brenda Helser, a glamorous 1940s American Olympic swimmer, married the Comte de Morelos in 1950. After living in Europe for many years, she returned to the U.S. in 1981.)

There are two other inscriptions relating to the book in other unidentifiable hands, one on the front free endpaper and another beneath Winston Churchill’s signature. Laid-in also is the original Gump’s invoice made out to “The Countess de Morelos” and a newscutting advertising the event, dated Oct. 16 1985.