Woods Bibliography of the Works of Winston Churchill: Various Editions

Posted on Aug 22, 2012

A bibliography of the Works of Sir Winston Churchill KG, OM, CH by Frederick Woods.

Before Ron Cohen’s magnificent bibliography of Churchill, Woods was the bible for all Churchill book collectors and will always have a place in any serious Churchill collectors’ arsenal.

I am fortunate to have a few early items covering the history of Woods’ bibliography in my collection so I will present them here as my latest blog:


Five books, all Churchill's Bibliography by Frederick Woods


– First item is the original typescript of the Churchill Bibliography inscribed as follows:

“The only other copy of this bibliography, given and inscribed to Peter Metcalf, its originator, inspirator, advisor-in-chief, and detective extraordinary. “Here is a masterpiece – burn it. Well – as you please! with gratitude for everything Fred”.

Laid in is a copy of a letter from Peter Metcalfe to Mrs. M. Woods dated March 13th, 1995 on reading about the death of her husband Fred in “The Independent”. Peter Metcalfe was the person who suggested to Fred that he produce a Churchill Bibliography when he was unemployed in 1958 and indeed they started on the bibliography together but Metcalfe eventually dropped out and left it to Fred.
Also included is a 13 page typescript of a Book Review of the bibliography By James B. Meriwether, USC, Columbia, Galleys of the index for the second edition,prospectus of the book, specimen setting for the Second edition, Notes on Marlborough showing how volume III differs from the proof based on Notes from Harry Cahn, a copy of a note from Hodder and Stoughton to Harry Cahn about the printing of My African Journey and lastly a copy of an article by Woods in Literary Supplement being a letter referring to the astronomic price of £1500 recently paid at a Sotheby’s auction for a copy of Mr. Broderick’s Army (Aug 1969)

– Next is a proof copy of the first edition of the Bibliography dated 1962, orange card cover and dust jacket same as 1st edition.

– An advance copy without dust jacket from the publisher, hand written on the compliments slip is “Advance copy- the boards are slightly too big making the jacket tight, but this is being seen to. What do you make of it?” Inscribe on the front free endpaper “For Tony – undoubtedly ‘il implia fabbio’ from Fred 3/1 63 (Tony being Tony Rota of Bertram Rota, the book dealer.) There is also a letter to Tony from Fred laid in discussing issues about Malakand.

– A second edition of the bibliography in dust jacket, very good copy, 1975.

– A second edition of the bibliography interleaved edition, fine copy in dust jacket.

– A second edition of the bibliography 1975. Bound in full vellum by Robert Hartnoll matching the Centenary Edition of the Collected Works of Sir Winston Churchill.

Estimated value for all the above: $1,500

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