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Lord Randolph Churchill
New York: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., 1906. First U.S. edition, only printing. Hardcover. Very good plus. This is the first U.S. edition of Winston Churchill's biography of his father, Lord Randolph Churchill. The two-volume work concentrates on Lord Randolph's career in Parliament after 1880. When he first contemplated writing his father's biography Winston Churchill was a still an itinerant soldier and war correspondent who had yet to write his first book. The son still dwelt very much in his father's shadow, both emotionally and in terms of the political career to which he already aspired. By the time the work was published in 1906, the young Winston Churchill already had half a dozen books to his credit and half a decade in Parliament. By 1906 Churchill had already left his father's political party, prevailed in the same political battle that had terminated his father's career, and was just two years from his first Cabinet post. Churchill was criticized by some reviewers for overplaying his father's accomplishments. Nonetheless, the work was well received both as a frank portrayal of Randolph's extremes and as a showcase for the son's literary talent. The U.S. edition is visually similar but aesthetically superior to the British, having gilt top page edges and a lightly scored cloth binding. Here is a very good plus set. The red cloth bindings remain square, tight, bright, and unfaded with nicely rounded spines and vivid gilt. We note no color shift between the boards and spine. The bindings show modest scuffing and wear to extremities. The contents are notably bright and we find absolutely no spotting. The top edge gilt remains bright. The sole previous owner inscription - on the second free endpaper of each volume - is an inked gift inscription dated in both volumes "xmas 1906". These inscriptions confirm what the identical shelf appearance indicates - that this is a lifelong mated set, rather than a "married" pair. The only other indication of previous ownership we find is a small Montreal bookseller sticker affixed to the lower left corner of each rear pastedown. Not quite a fine set, but certainly very clean with quite respectable shelf presentation. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A17.2, Woods/ICS A8(ab), Langworth p.71
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