Lord Randolph Churchill by his son, Winston Churchill – 1st Edn

Posted on Jan 29, 2018

Biography of his father, signed by Churchill

Here’s a First Edition, Presentation Copy of the two part biography written by Winston Churchill of his father, Lord Randolph Churchill.

Macmillan and Co. Limited, London 1906
Publisher’s original maroon/red cloth, gilt-stamped on the front cover and spine.

Lord Randolph Churchill 2 vol biography by his son, Winston S Churchill, 1906

Lord Randolph Churchill 2 vol biography by his son, Winston S Churchill, 1906

Includes inscription and signature of  Winston Churchill:
Volume 1 is inscribed “To David Thomson, and best wishes from Winston S. Churchill. 17 Nov, 1906.”

Winston Churchill's inscription in vol 1 of this 2 vol set to David Thomson

Winston Churchill’s inscription in vol 1 of this 2 vol set to David Thomson

Volume 2 is signed “Winston S. Churchill, 17 Nov, 1906.”

Winston Churchill's signature in vol 2 of this 2 vol set to David Thomson, dated 17 Nov 1906.

Winston Churchill’s signature in vol 2 of this 2 vol set to David Thomson, dated 17 Nov 1906.

Together with: A 2pp. LS, also dated Nov. 17th, 1906, on Colonial Office stationery, from Churchill to Eva Eva Purdy Thomson.

Letter to his American cousin, wife of the US attorney David Thomson to whom Churchill gives this 2 vol set: Lord Randolph Churchill

Letter to his American cousin, wife of the US attorney David Thomson to whom Churchill gives this 2 vol set: Lord Randolph Churchill

David Thomson, a New York attorney, was the husband of Eva Purdy Thomson (d. 1917), an American cousin of Churchill. The letter is in a secretarial hand but is signed by Churchill. Churchill mentions his mother, his new house, and having signed and sent the above books as per Eva’s wishes. The original envelope, addressed to: Mrs. Thomson, 8 Park Street, Grosvenor Square, is included. David Thomson died on December 31st, 1906, within a few weeks of Churchill inscribing the set.

A small contemporary bookseller’s label is in the lower corner of the rear pastedown of each volume, reading: “The Times [Book Club] 376-384 Oxford Street, London.” With Eva Purdy Thomson’s “Nepahwin” blindstamp at occasional points in both volumes. Nepahwin was the informal name of Eva’s estate near New Windson-on-the-Hudson. In 1917, the year she died, the property was converted to a retreat for religious workers.

Some spotting to the spine, otherwise the books are in Very Good condition.

Woods A 8(a)
Cohen A 17 Price

$10,000

Envelope addressed to David Thomson, a New York attorney, the husband of Eva Purdy Thomson an American cousin of Winston Churchill

Envelope addressed to David Thomson, a New York attorney, the husband of Eva Purdy Thomson an American cousin of Winston Churchill

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