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Savrola.
Monaco: A La Voile Latine,, 1950. Roman. Traduit de l'Anglais par Judith Paley. Illustré par André Collot de bois gravés en couleurs et en noir. Quarto (280 × 225 mm) Sheets loose in light card wraps within pale grey card chemise in matching card slip-case as issued. Original glassine jacket on the wraps, and the suite of plates "en noir" in the original glassine sleeve. Coloured wood-engraved frontispiece, and 22 similar half-page head-pieces, tail-pieces in black and white; original pencil and water-colour drawings for two of the head-pieces window-mouted in light card and loosely inserted, together with an additional suite of the illustrations in black and white. The slip-case a little tanned, slightly rubbed and starting on the joins, spine of the chemise similarly tanned, some offsetting from the illustrations, but overall very good. First edition thus, the second French edition, limited to 950, this number 12, one of twelve copies on "pur chiffon à la forme", accompanied by two of the original drawings, signed in pencil, and a suite of the illustrations "en noir". Far from Churchill's finest hour in literary terms; "He devoted only one paragraph in My Early Life to Savrola, concluding: "I have consistently urged my friends to abstain from reading it" " (Rose, The Literary Churchill, p.68). However, this edition is widely considered to be "the most elegant of all Churchill 'A' titles" (Cohen, "The Bibliography of 'Savrola'", in Finest Hour, 74, 1992, p.33), Cohen further describing this as a "magnificently illustrated edition". And Langworth stresses its importance to collectors: "The finest presentation of Savrola … this magnificent edition is overlooked by many collectors because it is not in English. They are missing a great deal. No serious Churchill library is complete without it". André Collot, the artist who provided the stylish suite of illustrations for this edition - which were in the St. Augustine's Press re-issue, published in association with the Churchill Center in 2003 - was a highly thought of illustrator who worked on editions of such classics as Kipling's Jungle Book, The Three Musketeers, Letters from my Mill, and Barbusse's La Feu, but is probably best known for his sometimes quite brutal erotica. Having utterly disowned Savrola in the past, on receipt of his copy of the present edition Churchill wrote to Collot expressing himself "surprised and greatly pleased to have received the beautiful edition of my little novel of sixty years ago … I am glad to find it is still alive. It will have an honoured place in my library" (Finest Hour, 120, 2003, p.41). An excellent copy of the tête de tirage of this superb edition.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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