New Testament – Signed by Churchill – Gift to Nurse Larsen 1946

Posted on Jan 8, 2018

Winston S. Churchill – Books Signed by Churchill
(CHURCHILL, Winston S.)

The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Translated out of the Original Greek: and with the former Translations diligently compared and revised by His Majesty’s special command A.D. 1611. [Together with a typed letter signed, with postal envelope.] London: British and Foreign Bible Society, 1929.

Original soft black leather, front cover lettered in gilt, black endpapers, gilt edges, black silk marker. With a typed letter signed by Churchill’s secretary, written on one page, bifolium on British Legation letter, dated 5 February 1946, with the envelope addressed to Miss A.C.Larsen and postmarked Havana. Spine and edges slightly rubbed, front hinge cracked but holding, internally bright.

Signed by Winston Churchill, this copy of the New testament was sent to Nurse Larsen in 1946

New Testament: Sent at Churchill’s bequest to Nurse Larsen in 1946


New testament sent to Nurse Larsen 1946 contains Winston Churchill's signature

Winston Churchill’s signature inside the New Testament sent to Nurse Larsen 1946

The typed letter is slightly toned but otherwise in excellent condition; envelope creased with left side split open.

A token of gratitude, inscribed by Churchill on the front free endpaper, “From Winston S. Churchill to Nurse Astrid C. Larsen, 1946.”

The recipient had worked as a nurse at Lenox Hill hospital and cared for Churchill during his eight-day admission there in 1931. Churchill suffered two broken ribs and a head wound in a traffic accident while stepping out of a cab on Fifth Avenue between 76th and 77th street. Failing to recall the direction of traffic in America, he looked the wrong way and was hit by an oncoming car. “I do not understand”, he wrote while still in hospital, “why I was not broken like an eggshell or squashed like a gooseberry.” Churchill granted Larsen’s request while on holiday in Cuba during his 1946 visit to America; the Bible was sent from the British Legation in Havana with an accompanying letter from Churchill’s private secretary, Nina Stubbs: “I am desired by Mr Churchill to thank you for your letter of January 2, and for your kindness in writing to him. He has been pleased to sign your Testament as requested, and he asks me to return in herewith with his good wishes.”


Letter to Miss Larsen 1946 at the request of Winston Churchill

Letter to Miss Larsen from British Legation, Havana 1946.


Envelope showing Larsen's address to which the New Testament with Churchill's signature, was sent as requested by Churchill.

Envelope addressed to Larsen, contained a letter & a copy of the New Testament with Churchill’s signature on the first page


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