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Winston S. Churchill
Painting as a Pastime, the first edition, finely bound
Odhams Press Limited, Ernest Benn Limited, London, 1948. 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 half leather, featuring dark red polished calf skin over marbled paper-covered boards with raised spine bands framed by blind rules, gilt decorated spine compartments, contrasting dark green morocco spine label with gilt print, silk head and tail bands, and blind rule transitions. The binding is by "J. S. Fellowes", whose ticket is affixed to the lower left rear pastedown. The book is housed in a rigid card slipcase with dark red laid paper-covered boards with marbled paper ends (matching the marbled paper of the binding) Condition of the book is fine. We note no reportable wear or flaws to the binding, and the contents are exceptionally clean for the edition, with no spotting, toning, or previous ownership marks noted. The first printing contents are well-suited to fine binding, having been printed by the publisher on laid paper and accompanied by full-color illustrations. The slipcase is fully intact with little shelf wear. 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 Church … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector ABAA/ILAB/IOBA [San Diego, CA, U.S.A.]
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