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Great Contemporaries - CHURCHILL, Winston S - 1937. 
London: Thornton Butterworth Ltd., 1937 - Octavo. Original blue cloth, title gilt to spine and front board, blind rules to boards and spine, publisher's device in blind to front board, top edge blue. With the dust jacket. Extensive pencilled and inked annotations from Churchill's speeches to front endpapers, contemporary ownership signature to front free endpaper. Spine slightly faded an excellent copy in the jacket with faded spine panel, nicks to extremities and trivial chips to head of spine and tips. With 21 plates. First edition, first impression of this series of essays on "Great Men of our age", which includes T. E. Lawrence, Trotsky and Hitler ("We cannot tell whether Hitler will be the man who will once again let loose upon the world another war in which civilization will irretrievably succumb, or whether he will go down in history as the man who restored honour and peace of mind to the great Germanic nation and brought it back serene, helpful and strong, to the forefront of the European family circle"). On receiving his advance copy, Neville Chamberlain wrote to Churchill immediately; "How you can go on throwing off these sparkling sketches with such apparent ease & such sustained brilliance, in the midst of all your other occupations is a constant source of wonder to me." Cohen A105.1.a; Woods A43(a). [Attributes: First Edition]
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