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A History of the English-Speaking Peoples
London: Cassell and Company Ltd, 1956-8. London: Cassell and Company Ltd,, 1956-8. Signed by Churchill – from the library of "the last great political hostess" 4 volumes, octavo. Original red cloth, spines lettered in gilt, top edges red. With the dust jackets. Several maps and genealogical tables to text. Covers of volume I showing evidence of damping, perhaps as a consequence of which segments of the original jacket have been "saved" and pasted to the rear endpapers (a near-fine jacket has been supplied). The other volumes are all in near-fine condition, the jackets with light spotting and very minor shelfwear. First editions, first impressions, signed by Churchill on the front free endpaper of volume I, "Winston S. Churchill"; with an intriguing provenance: from the library of the influential society hostess, the Marchioness of Londonderry, wife of Churchill's cousin, Charles Vane-Tempest Stewart, seventh marquess, who "had once been effectively a protégé of his older kinsman" (ODNB). The first volume bears the striking bookplate of Edith Helen Vane-Tempest-Stewart, Marchioness of Londonderry (1878-1959); subsequently presented to her daughter, Lady Helen Maglona (1911-1986), inscribed by the latter below Churchill's signature, "given to Helen by mother 1958". At the outbreak of war in 1914, Edith was appointed colonel-in-chief of the Women's Volunteer Reserve, resigning her position in 1915 to establish the Women's Legion, "an organization designed to train women to release men for active service; initially providing cooks for the army, it developed administrative and … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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