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    Sale 5140

    Fine Printed Books Including Modern First Editions & Miniature Books

    25 October 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 220

    CHURCHILL, Winston Spencer (1874-1965). The Second World War. London: Cassell & Co. Ltd., 1948-51. Volumes I, III and IV only (of 6). 8°. Half titles, folding maps, tables. Original black cloth, spines lettered in gilt (lacking the dust-jackets). Vols. I and III FIRST EDITIONS. Vol. IV a second edition. cf. Woods A123(b).

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    CHURCHILL, Winston Spencer (1874-1965). The Second World War. London: Cassell & Co. Ltd., 1948-51. Volumes I, III and IV only (of 6). 8°. Half titles, folding maps, tables. Original black cloth, spines lettered in gilt (lacking the dust-jackets). Vols. I and III FIRST EDITIONS. Vol. IV a second edition. cf. Woods A123(b).
    PRESENTATION COPY. Volume I is inscribed on the half title, "Inscribed by Winston S. Churchill for Rufus Clarke 1948." Volume III is inscribed on the front free endpaper, "Inscribed for Rufus Clarke by Winston S. Churchill 1950." Volume IV is inscribed on the half title, "Inscribed for Rufus Clarke by Winston S. Churchill 1952" and signed "Rufus" on the front free endpaper. Provenance: loosely-inserted photocopy of a typed letter, signed, from Churchill's daughter, The Lady Soames, regarding Rufus Clarke's close friendship with her husband: "I am quite sure you can rest assured that the signature in the books you now have is genuine." (3)


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