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My Early Life.
London: Thornton Butterworth Limited,, 1930. A Roving Commission. Octavo. Original dark pink cloth, titles to spine and front board gilt, publisher's device to boards in blind. Frontispiece and 15 plates from photographs, maps and plans. Spine sunned, the presentation leaf somewhat browned, a few minor spots, a very good copy. First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to his South African friend Sir Abraham ("Abe") Bailey, inscribed by the author on the blank preceding the half-title, "To Abe from Winston. Oct 15. 1930". A superb association: Churchill first met Abe Bailey (1864?-1940) during the Second Boer War, the events of which feature memorably as the climax to this book. Bailey, who divided his time between South Africa and London, remained a lifelong friend of Churchill's, acting as his financial adviser and quiet political promoter. The meeting of 3 December 1916 which led to Lloyd George succeeding Herbert Asquith as prime minister was held in Bailey's London home, and Bailey urged Lloyd George to have Churchill in his new government. A man of considerable wealth and influence, Bailey continued to meet and correspond with Churchill throughout his life. Churchill's daughter Diana married Bailey's eldest son, John, in 1932; although the union proved short lived, this did not alter their friendship. Churchill does not mention Bailey by name in the book, but short pencil strokes in the margins suggest that Bailey read the book with attention, particularly the later chapters dealing with South Africa.
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