The Mirrors of Downing Street: Some Political Reflections. Winston Churchill’s Signature

Posted on Oct 20, 2013

The Mirrors of Downing Street: Some Political Reflections – by ‘Gentleman with a Duster’ (Harold Begbie’s pseudonym). New York and London: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Knickerbocker Press, 1921. 172 pp. Blue cloth binding.

In this book Begbie presents his Political Reflections of Politicians of the time (1920) including Winston Churchill, David Lloyd George, H. H. Asquith, Arthur Balfour, Lord Haldane, Lord Rhondda, Lord Inverforth, Lord Leverhulme, Lord Carnock, Lord Kitchener, Lord Robert Cecil, Lord Fisher and Lord Northcliffe each with an accompanying photo.

On page 7, the title page of the chapter Mr. Winston Churchill is the full signature of Churchill.

The Mirrors of Downing Street: Some Political Reflections – by 'Gentleman with a Duster' (Harold Begbie's pseudonym)

The Mirrors of Downing Street: Some Political Reflections – by ‘Gentleman with a Duster’ (Harold Begbie’s pseudonym)

 

This is a rather special copy of this book with its full signature of Winston Churchill.

Additional 3 inscriptions are:
– By the author, Begbie, on the title page “To G. H. Grubb who from afar saw merit in this book. With many cordial thanks from The Author”
– By the Publisher on the title page “Cordial regards to his valued associate George H. Grubb, from Geo. Haren Putnam” (Publisher)
– By the Publisher of the 1st Edn.  “With best wishes Chas Boon”

 

Tipped in:
Page 85, the title page for the chapter on Lord Robert Cecil is a cutting from a letter with the signature of Robert Cecil
Page 123, the title page of the chapter on Lord Rhondda is a letter dated November 17th 1921 from Lord Rhondda’s son refusing to send an autograph of his father as he believed the chapter to be very inaccurate.

Laid in is a 4 page typescript by the author entitled: “The People Who Govern Us, Why I wrote a Book About Them”.
Zoller B 35
Estimated value: $2,500

page 7, the title page of the chapter Mr. Winston Churchill is his full signature

Winston Churchill – full signature on the title page of the chapter, Mr. Winston Churchill

The book, The Mirrors of Downing Street: Some Political Reflections plus a 4 page typescript by the author laid in

The Mirrors of Downing Street: Some Political Reflections plus a 4 page typescript by the author laid in

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