London, South Kensington
2 June 2008
CHURCHILL, Winston Spencer (1874-1965). The Story of my Early Life. A Roving Commission. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1945. 8°. Half title, half tone plates, folding maps. Original grey cloth, dust-jacket (a few tears with slight loss at corners, some light rubbing). PRESENTATION COPY, the half title inscribed, "To H. Dean from Winston S. Churchill 1946." cf. Woods A37.
Included in the lot is a one-page t.l.s., on Chartwell-headed paper (but with typed address "28, Hyde Park Gate"), reading, "Dear Mr Dean, It was good of you to write during my brief visit to Blackpool and I was disappointed I could not fit in a time to see you while I was there. I hope however that an opportunity may be found of meeting you again some time. Pray accept the enclosed copy of MY EARLY LIFE which I have inscribed for you, with my best wishes and thanks for contacting me after all these years. Yours v. t., W. S. Churchill." Bert Dean was Churchill's "batman" (ie. an officer's servant) during World War I. (2)
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