This First English Edition, without dust jacket, is a Presentation Copy from Leonie Leslie –Winston Churchill’s aunt, Jennie Churchill’s sister, and the author, Shane Leslie’s, mother. Her ink inscription on the front free endpaper reads: “Winston from Leonie. Nov. 1930.”
The bookplates of both Winston Churchill and Randolph Churchill are affixed to the front pastedown.
The book is in very good condition, virtually mint, with some fading to the gilt spine titles.
On October 22, 1930, Leonie Leslie wrote to her nephew: “Dearest Winston, What an angel you are to have sent yr book – I am enjoying every line of of it. How the early part carries me back…” The book she refers to would have been MY EARLY LIFE, then just-published. Obviously Aunt Leonie reciprocated almost immediately with this copy of her son’s latest work about the epic naval battle of World War I.