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Winston S. Churchill
"A sister mourns the vanished hopes of what might have been" – Lord Randolph Churchill, Winston S. Churchill's biography of his father, poignantly inscribed in the year of publication by Lord Randolph's sister, Lady Cornelia Henrietta Maria Wimborne
London: Macmillan and Co. Limited, 1906. First edition, only printing. Hardcover. This first edition, only printing of Winston S. Churchill's biography of his father, Lord Randolph Churchill, is touchingly inscribed by Lord Randolph's sister, Winston's Aunt Cornelia. Inked in nine lines on the front free endpaper of Volume I, the presentation inscription reads “Ernest Villiers | with love from | Cornelia Wimborne | Jan., 1906 | Gathering from these pages | what he was, you will | understand how a sister | mourns the vanished | hopes of what might have been”. Lady Cornelia Henrietta Maria Wimborne (1847-1927) was the eldest daughter of the 7th Duke of Marlborough and sister of Lord Randolph Churchill, who died in January 1895 at age 45 following the spectacular collapse of both his health and political career. Ernest Villiers (1863-1923) was husband to Lady Wimborne's daughter Elaine Augusta Guest. Fittingly, the inscription was concurrent with the start of Villiers' own parliamentary career; he left the clergy to stand as Liberal member for Brighton, a seat held from 1905-1910. When Lord Randolph died, his son, Winston, was 20 years old. Lady Wimborne cared deeply for her nephew, who in his childhood visited frequently to stay with his cousin, her eldest son, Ivor. During one such visit eighteen-year-old Winston quite nearly died after he leapt from a bridge during a game with his brother and cousin. Her support, both emotional and financial, played an important role in catalyzing the political career of Britain's future prime minister. She was in the Ladies' Gallery when … [Klicken Sie unten für eine ausführliche Beschreibung]
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