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Lord Randolph Churchill
London, Macmillan and Co. Limited,, 1907. Octavo. Original red cloth, covers double-ruled in blind, spine ruled and lettered in gilt, top edge gilt. Photogravure portrait frontispiece, and 4 other illustrations or facsimiles, 2 of them coloured. Spine a little spotted, lettering oxidized, occasional spot-foxing, a very good copy. First one-volume edition. Inscribed on the half-title: "To William H. Buist from Winston S. Churchill, 1908 [and added later] - Nov. 1922." An interesting inscription which brackets Churchill's time as Liberal MP for Dundee. Having been chosen by Asquith as President of the Board of Trade, Churchill stood for re-election in Manchester and was defeated, he was then elected in the safe seat of Dundee. He represented Dundee until November 1922, when Lloyd George's coalition was voted out. Churchill was too ill to campaign in the early stages of the election; "Clementine bravely stood in for him but quickly discovered that the mood of the electorate had turned ugly. When a pale and fragile Churchill at last arrived he had to be carried to the platform on a makeshift sedan, and address the audience seated. He was howled down." (ODNB) Churchill was defeated by E.D. Morel, the Independent Labour Party candidate and an outspoken pacifist - he described his "war-mongering" opponent as "a personal force for evil" - and by Edwin Scrymegour, a Scots prohibitionist who had first stood for Dundee in the year of Churchill's election, and had contested every subsequent election. The recipient of this copy, William Huntley Buist, was Senior Magistrate of Dundee, had been the Chairman of the Dundee War Savings Committee, and in 1932 became Lord Provost.
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