• Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 69

    CHURCHILL, Winston Leonard Spencer (1874-1965). The Second World War. London: Cassell, 1949-1954. 6 volumes, 8° (210 x 140mm), maps, some folding. Original black cloth (a little rubbing and slight soiling, inner hinges of vol. II repaired), vols. IV-V in dust-jackets (jackets frayed and a little torn). VOLUMES I-IV INSCRIBED BY CHURCHILL TO RICHARD RHYS, 9TH BARON DYNEVOR (1935-2008; vols. I--III with inscription in blue ink: "Inscribed for Richard Rhys by Winston S. Churchill 1951" and with Rhys's signature in pencil, vol. IV inscribed in darker ink: "To Richard Rhys from Winston S. Churchill 1951").

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    CHURCHILL, Winston Leonard Spencer (1874-1965). The Second World War. London: Cassell, 1949-1954. 6 volumes, 8° (210 x 140mm), maps, some folding. Original black cloth (a little rubbing and slight soiling, inner hinges of vol. II repaired), vols. IV-V in dust-jackets (jackets frayed and a little torn). VOLUMES I-IV INSCRIBED BY CHURCHILL TO RICHARD RHYS, 9TH BARON DYNEVOR (1935-2008; vols. I--III with inscription in blue ink: "Inscribed for Richard Rhys by Winston S. Churchill 1951" and with Rhys's signature in pencil, vol. IV inscribed in darker ink: "To Richard Rhys from Winston S. Churchill 1951").
    Second edition of vol. I, first edition of vols. II-VI. The late Lord Dynevor, patron of the arts, belonged to an aristocratic Welsh family which Burke's peerage traces back to the reign of Henry II. Churchill himself was a member of the family circle. Dynevor spent his youth in theatre, founding the Merlin Theatre group in 1960, which provided Anthony Hopkins with his first part. In partnership with William Donaldson, he brought Beyond the Fringe to London. He also produced several plays at the Theatre Royal in East Stratford, including Say Nothing by James Hanley. In 1962 he inherited his father's large estate at Llandeilo. Despite being faced with very considerable death duties, he developed the 17th-century Newton House as a centre for the arts, founded the Dynevor Festival which ran for three years, and also published books under the imprint of the Black Raven Press. Among these The Taliesin Tradition by Emyr Humphries and When was Wales by Gwyn Williams were both of great influence. Woods A123b.
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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF THE LATE LORD DYNEVOR