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-Signed Presentation Copy-


First Thus

By: Colin R. Coote

Sidgwick & Jackson [London]

8vo (154 pages, illustrated with facsimile writings and line drawings)

Hardcover [Bugundy cloth]

Item Number: 17309


A charming yet authoritative history of the dining club founded in 1911 by Winston Churchill and his close chum, F.E. Smith, the first Lord Birkenead, in response to the banning of Liberal politicians by “The Club,” an exclusive dining circle with a pedigree dating to Dr. Johnson. Churchill and Smith spontaneously founded “The Other Club,” to meet by invitation only for dinners in the Pinafore Room at the Savoy Hotel on alternate Thursdays when Parliament was in session. The forty-one charter members included Lloyd George, Lord Kitchener, the actor Herbert Beerbohm Tree and Churchill’s cousin, “Sunny,” the Ninth Duke of Marlborough. According to the governing rules: “Nothing in the…intercourse of the Club shall interfere with the rancour or asperity of party politics.” It instantly becomes one of Churchill’s favorite places to be.

This copy has been signed with a lengthy ink inscription by the author, who was a veteran Fleet Street journalist and an esteemed Churchill chronicler. It is in near-fine condition.