Marlborough: His Life and Times by Winston Churchill
Signed Presentation Copy
First Editions Published by George C. Harrap
Custom Bindings by the Bayntun Bindery, Bath, England
Binding Details: Beautiful signed bindings by the Bayntun Bindery of full grained morocco leather that features a spine treatment of raised bands and extensive gilt decorations including the lion rampant and titling. All borders and transitions ruled in gold gilt. There are gilt ruled boards with a gold gilted facsimile of Churchill’s signature, leather turn-ins with floral stops, silk head and foot bands, marbled end papers, and gold gilted page edges. The Bayntun Bindery gold gilt stamp appears on the bottom of the inside front cover of each volume. The books are housed in a cloth slipcase.
Book Details: This is a signed presentation copy of the first editions, first printings of “Marlborough: His Life and Times” published by George C. Harrap & Co., London between 1933 and 1938. Volume 1 is inscribed to G.C. Mason, Churchill’s personal banker at Lloyd’s, by Winston Churchill with his full signature and is dated May 7, 1934.
Richard M. Langworth in his book A Connoisseur's Guide to the Books of Sir Winston Churchill wrote, “One million words long and ten years in the making, Marlborough is Churchill's greatest biography. It may be his greatest book. To understand the Churchill of World War II, the majestic blending of his commanding English with historical precedent, one has to read Marlborough. Only in its pages can one glean an understanding of the root of the speeches that inspired Britain to stand when she had little else to stand with. The great teacher Leo Strauss, commenting spontaneously to his University of Chicago class after hearing of Churchill's death, named Marlborough "the greatest historical work written in our century, an inexhaustible mine of political wisdom and understanding, which should be required reading for every student of political science."
Each book measures approximately 9” x 6” and contains a preface, table of contents, bibliography, index, and list of illustrations including hundreds of maps and plans (many folding), plates, and document facsimiles.
Condition Report: The bindings are in FINE condition. Internally, the books are very clean with some mild foxing to the preliminary pages of Volume 1. There are no signs of previous ownership. Overall, this is a rare signed presentation copy in signed Bayntun bindings that house the first editions, first printings of one of Churchill’s most critically acclaimed works.
Photographs of the bindings, endpapers, and signature treatment appear in the photo section of the listing.