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Winston S. Churchill
Painting as a Pastime, the first edition, finely bound in full crimson morocco
London: Odhams Press Limited, Ernest Benn Limited, 1948. First edition, first printing. Full leather. This is the British first edition, first printing of Painting as a Pastime, Churchill's essay about his famous hobby. This copy is finely bound in full red crimson morocco. The goatskin binding features a hubbed and gilt ruled spine with a gilt leaf design in the unprinted compartments. The covers feature a gilt ruled border, the top edge is gilt, and the contents are bound with green and red head and foot bands and fine stock endpapers in light tan. Condition is better than near fine. The binding is bright, clean, tight, and square, with no appreciable wear and only incidental blemishes. The laid paper and full-color illustrated plates of this first edition lend themselves well to the binding. In this case, the contents are particularly well-suited, clean and bright with no previous ownership marks and with only a trivial hint of spotting that appears confined to the fore and bottom edges. The contents of Painting as a Pastime had been printed in The Strand Magazine as early as 1921, but it was not until 1948 - nearly three decades after his first published words on the subject - that Churchill consented to a book about his hobby and passion. Soldier, writer, and politician, Churchill was perhaps an unlikely painter. Nonetheless he proved both a prolific and passionate one. Churchill first took up painting during the First World War. May 1915 saw Churchill scapegoated for failure in the Dardanelles and slaughter at Gallipoli and forced from his Cabinet position at the Ad … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector ABAA/ILAB/IOBA [San Diego, CA, U.S.A.]

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