[SIGNED Leatherbound Nelson’s “Shilling Library” Edition Presented by Winston Churchill to Colonel Frank Clarke]


Nelson’s “Shilling Library” Edition

By: Winston S. Churchill

Thomas Nelson & Sons [London]

Biblio: (Cohen A1.5) (Woods A1c)

16mo (384 pages, 6 maps, and plans)

Hardcover [Blue leather]

Item Number: 204684

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This very good leatherbound copy is SIGNED and inscribed in ink on the front free endpaper: ”For Frank Clarke from Winston S. Churchill 1946.”

COLONEL FRANK CLARKE 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. These books were part of a signed leatherbound set of his works that Churchill sent to Clarke by way of thanks.

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 edition is the 1916 “Shilling Library” Edition, a delightfully small, clothbound mass market paperback-equivalent of the World War I era. 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.