CHURCHILL, Winston S. Thoughts and Adventures. London: Thornton and Butterworth, 1932.
8o. Half-title, frontispiece. Engraved illustrations. Original light green cloth, gilt spine and upper cover (corners rubbed, mat burn on half-title, some pages with soiling on fore-edge). In a half-morocco, gilt slipcase. Provenance: Donald Scott Carmichael (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION, FIRST IMPRESSION. Inscribed and signed on front flyleaf "To Nurse Calli from Winston S. Churchill Nov. 19, 1932." The first impression, with 13 other works by the author listed on verso of half-title and "first published...1932" on verso of title-page. Ex libris of the noted FDR and Churchill collector, Donald S. Carmichael. Woods A39(a).
[With:] CHURCHILL. Three typed letters signed and one printed telegram, all to Miss Calli, Chartwell, Kent, 8 November 1932, 18 November 1932, and 26 February 1933 (n.d. on telegram). Together 4pp., 8vo and 4to.
"I AM HORRIFIED TO FIND YOU HAVE NOT GOT YOUR BOOK YET. I SEND IT HEREWITH DULY INSCRIBED," Churchill writes to the nurse who looked after him during a bout of phlebitis, one of many setbacks he had in the long year of recovery and recuperation following his disastrous encounter with a New York City taxicab in December 1931. "I am getting on splendidly and hope to make a speech in the House next week," Churchill reports. "The blood count yesterday was haemaglobin 90 corpuscles 5,200,000 and colour .86. So you see we are practically normal. But I am by no means as storng as I was, nor got my full strength back yet." Together 5 items. (5)