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Thoughts and Adventures by Winston Churchill, Signed Presentation Copy



Thoughts and Adventures by Winston Churchill

Signed Presentation Copy - First Edition, First Printing

Published by Thornton Butterworth Limited, London in 1932

Custom Binding by the Bayntun Bindery, Bath, England

Exceptional Condition

Binding Details:  Beautiful signed binding by the Bayntun Bindery of full grained morocco leather that features a spine treatment of raised bands and extensive gilt decorations including the lion rampant and titling. All borders and transitions ruled in gold gilt. There are gilt ruled boards with a gold gilted facsimile of Churchill’s signature, leather turn-ins with floral stops, silk head and foot bands, marbled end papers, and gold gilted page edges. The Bayntun Bindery gold gilt stamp appears on the bottom of the inside front cover. The book is housed in a cloth slipcase.

Book Details:  This is a signed presentation copy of the first edition, first printing of “Thoughts and Adventures” published by Thornton Butterworth Limited, London in 1932. The book is inscribed to W.H. Bernau, Churchill’s financial advisor and fellow Mason, by Winston Churchill with his full signature and is dated December, 1932.

Richard M. Langworth in his book A Connoisseur's Guide to the Books of Sir Winston Churchill wrote, “Thoughts and Adventures comprises essays on a vast array of subjects, attesting not only to the breadth of the author's comprehension but of his personal experience; it represents the broadest range of Churchill's thought between hard covers. Not yet sixty when it was published, Churchill had already seen enough of the world from high office to fill several political careers; he had read widely, his photographic memory recording it all for reference; he had lived through what was then thought to be the greatest convulsion in history, the "War to End All Wars." Here he provides a charming and attractive sampler. "Quite a few essays…are as carefully constructed as short stories," writes Manfred Weidhorn. "In other pieces, Churchill, little concerned with apologetics, criticism or sources, wanders nimbly around and through his subject, like a Montaigne or a Lamb. The flexibility of the style is striking. Whether sounding the dark ubi sunt motif or descanting lightly upon hobbies, Churchill, as the Times Literary Supplement reviewer noted, seems always a happy young warrior enjoying himself and sure of his convictions."

The book measures approximately 8.5” x 5.5” with 320 pages including the author’s preface and a table of contents.

Condition Report:  The binding is in FINE condition and the slipcase is in FINE condition with very minimal wear. Internally, the book is in exceptionally clean condition with some mild foxing to the preliminary endpapers. There are no signs of previous ownership. Overall, this is a rare signed presentation copy in a signed Bayntun binding that houses the first edition, first printing of one of Churchill’s biographical works in exceptional condition.

Photographs of the binding, endpapers, and signature treatment appear in the photo section of the listing.