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[PRESENTATION Leatherbound Wartime English Edition INITIALED by Winston Churchill for Colonel Frank Clarke]
Macmillan Edition (First Printing)
Macmillan & Co. Ltd. [London]
Biblio: (A111.3.a) (A45c.1)
8vo (358 pages, with folding map at rear)
Hardcover [Blue leather]
Item Number: 204612
This handsome leatherbound First Printing of the wartime Macmillan Edition is INITIALED in ink on the front free endpaper: “WSC” for Frank Clarke, who famously hosted Winston and Clementine Churchill at his Miami Beach home in January and February 1946, prior to Churchill’s March appearance at Fulton College, Missouri to deliver what would come to be known as his “Iron Curtain” speech. This book was part of a signed leatherbound set of his works that Churchill sent to Clarke by way of thanks. Winston Churchill only signed with his initials for intimates.
The two men had known each other since the General Strike of 1926, when the Quebec-born Clarke, whose family owned paper mills in Canada, worked for Churchill on the staff of The British Gazette. The Churchills later stayed at Clarke’s lakeside cabin for two days of rest following the Quebec Conference. Clarke was a shipowner, whose vessels served in Allied operations throughout the war as hospital, supply and troop ships.
The binding, by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, is three-quarter blue crushed morocco leather over blue cloth, with gilded top edges, gilt titles on the spine with raised bands in six compartments, and marbled endpapers. The leather binding has faded a bit along the spine. The contents are fine, with tanning to the endpaper edges.
A most significant association copy that comes by direct descent from the Clarke family.