Gilbert, Martin

Winston S. Churchill. Volume V 1922-1939 and Companion Volume V in 3 Parts: The Exchequer Years 1922-1929; The Wilderness Years 1929-1935; The Coming of War 1936-1939.

Published: London, Heinemann

Date: 1976 - 1982

4 volumes. First editions. Original maroon cloth, gilt. Top edges stained red. Black and white photographic plate sections in the biography volume. Each volume is rather shaken with page corners turned down to mark passages of interest to the former owner. Ink ownership to prelims. Ink presentation inscription to fly of Companion Volume V Part 3. D/ws creased at edges and nicotine stained. The upper panel of Companion Volume V Part 1 has a small burn hole from a cigarette. Very good + in very good + dust-wrappers.

From the library of The Right Honourable The Lord Boothby KBE (1900-1986). The presentation reads, ‘To Bob Boothby with the author’s kindest regards and grateful thanks as always from Martin. Publication day 25th October 1982’. Boothby makes his first appearance in the biography on page 214 when, during the General Strike of 1926, he wrote Churchill a letter putting the case for the coal miners. He became Churchill’s Parliamentary Private Secretary in 1927. During the Abdication Crisis, Churchill’s behaviour provoked another letter: ‘What happened this afternoon makes me feel that it is almost impossible for those who are most devoted to you personally, to follow you blindly (as we would like to do) in politics. Because they cannot be sure where the hell they are going to be landed next.’ Then again, in May 1939, he wrote, ‘One of the few things in my life of which I am proud is that in all matters of major policy during the past 5 years I have hitched my waggon to your star [. . .] Long after the names of the miserable creatures who are now supposed to govern us have been lost in a merciful oblivion, the incredible services you have rendered this country since 1933 will be remembered.’ Any copies of these Companion Volumes are hard to come by.


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