CHURCHILL

[John Anderson, 1st Viscount Waverley, Churchill's 'Home Front Prime Minister' after whom Anderson Shelters are named.] Typed Letter Signed as Home Secretary to Sir James Marchant on 'the Government's plans for a war time regional organisation'.

Author: 
John Anderson, 1st Viscount Waverley (1882-1958), civil servant and politician, 'Home Front Prime Minister' in Churchill's war cabinet [Sir James Marchant (1867-1956), eugenicist and social reformer]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Home Office, Whitehall, S.W.1. [London] 14 February 1939.
£150.00

Anderson served as Home Secretary, Lord President of the Council and Chancellor of the Exchequer. Marchant headed the National Vigilance Association and the National Council of Public Morals. 2pp, 4to. On two leaves stapled together. In fair condition, lightly aged, with some staining from rusted staples. Folded three times. A good letter, giving an indication of civil defence preparations on the eve of the Second World War.

[ Gerald Kelly; Winston Churchill ] Autograph Note Signed "Gerald Kelly" to "My dear Honorary Academician Extraordinary" (Winston Churchill).

Author: 
Gerald Kelly (1879-1972), portrait painter
Publication details: 
[Headed Notepaper] Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London, W1 [1948?]
£160.00

One page, 20.5 x 17cm, very good condition. "My dear Academicain Extraordinary | May I offer - on hehalf of the whole Academy - our most sincere good wishes to Sir Winston Churchill K.G. | There will be a Guard of Honour - from the 21st S.A.S. Regt. Artists) T.A. which I hope you will be pleased to inspect at 7.55 p.m. before the Dinner on 30th April."

[Sir Shane Leslie, Irish author and diplomat, cousin of Winston Churchill.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Shane Leslie'), regarding 'Count Paul Strzeletski', the Polish Bureau of Information, and 'the question of a Polish Colony after the war'.

Author: 
Sir Shane Leslie [Sir John Randolph Leslie] (1885-1971), Irish author and diplomat, cousin of Winston Churchill, supporter of Home Rule [Sir Pawel Edmund Strzelecki; Polish Bureau of Information]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 'Headquarters, B. Zone, Home Guard, 107, Sloane Street, S.W.1.' [London.] 10 March 1941.
£100.00

1p, 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, on thin paper. He thanks the recipient – who is not named – for taking the trouble to send him 'the detailed information of Count Paul Streletski', i.e. Sir Pawel Edmund Strzelecki (1797-1873). He explains that 'The Polish Bureau of Information are very anxious to have a popular memoir or even an article in the Times published to show how great a part Streletski played not only in London but in Empire affairs.

[Lord Cherwell, Winston Churchill's leading scientific advisor.] Autograph Letter Signed ('F. A. Lindemann.') to an unnamed duke, regarding a book on Mary Davies, his trip to Berlin, the League orf Nations and Silesia.

Author: 
Lord Cherwell [Frederick Alexander Lindemann, 1st Viscount Cherwell] (1886-1957), physicist and close friend of Winston Churchill, scientific adviser to Second World War British government
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Wadham College, Oxford. 7 October 1921.
£120.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. Addressed to 'My dear Duke', but with the ducal recipient unidentified. He thanks him for the book on Mary Davies, mistress of Charles II (no doubt 'Mary Davies and the Manor of Ebury' by Charles T. Gatty, published in the same year). 'It is really one of the most fascinating books I have ever read and gives me all sorts of new points of view in forming a mental picture of the state of England at the end of the 17th.

[ Randolph Churchill ] MS Compliments Slip

Author: 
Lord Randolph Churchill, father of Winston Churchill, statesman.
Publication details: 
2 Connaught PLace, W., 4 June 1888.
£50.00

Piece of paper, 16 x 11cm, edges sl. ragged, text clear and complete: "With Lord Randolph Churchill's | Compliments. | June 4th 1888 | 2 Connaught Place | W."

[Samuel Tuke of the York Retreat, asylum reformer.] Autograph Letter in the third person to the medical publisher John Churchill, instructing him to send a copy of his book to German psychiatrist Maximilian Jacobi.

Author: 
Samuel Tuke (1784-1857), Quaker minister, asylum reformer at the York Retreat [John Churchill (1801-1875), London medical publisher; Carl Wigand Maximilian Jacobi, German psychiatrist]
Publication details: 
York; 14 September 1841.
£400.00

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to one edge. Begins: 'Samuel Tuke having been disappointed of an opportunity of sending by a private hand a parcel to his friend Dr Max. Jacobi will be much obliged to J. Churchill to send to him four copies of the translation of his work'.

[Sir Alexander Crichton, personal physician to Tsar Alexander I of Russia.] Three Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Alr. Crichton') to his London publisher John Churchill, regarding publishing arrangements and review copies of his 'Commentaries'.

Author: 
Sir Alexander Crichton (1763-1856), Scottish physician and author, personal physician to Tsar Alexander I of Russia [John Churchill (1801-1875), London medical publisher]
Publication details: 
All from The Grove, near Sevenoaks [Kent]. 23 July 1842; 20 August 1842; 13 June 1850.
£1,000.00

The subject is all three letters is Crichton's 'Commentaries on Some Doctrines of a Dangerous Tendency in Medicine', published by Churchill in 1842, and the three cast light on publishing practices for medical publications in the booktrade in early Victorian London. All three with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to one edge. ONE: 23 July 1842. 1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight damp stain to one corner. Chrichton begins by asking to be sent 'the two bound Copies of my work to the Bolt and Tun Fleet St. before three oCl on the day you receive this viz. Monday'.

[John Manby Gully, Malvern physician who pioneered 'water cure' treatment.] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'J M Gully') to the publisher John Churchill, one on patients including Lord Francis Egerton, the other on a vacant post.

Author: 
James Manby Gully (1808-1883), physician with pioneering 'water cure' treatment (hydropathy) at Great Malvern [John Churchill (1801-1875), London medical publisher]
Publication details: 
Great Malvern; 19 December [no year]. Malvern; 6 August [no year].
£650.00

Both items in good condition, lightly aged, and each with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse. ONE: Great Malvern; 19 December. 2pp, 12mo. Now that he has returned to Malvern, having been 'on a visit to Mr W. Whitman', he thanks Churchill for his 'kindness which I may say, I never found at fault'. He continues: 'Though away from Malvern I have not been idle: most of the neighbouring gentry came to Dudmaston to consult me'.

[Lady Augusta Spencer-Churchill, as Chairman, British Legion Women's Section.] Two Typed Letters Signed (both 'Augusta Spencer-Churchill') to 'Mrs Everett' of the Legion's Kettering Branch, regarding a funfair, and her award of an OBE.

Author: 
Lady Augusta Spencer-Churchill [née Warburton] (1854-1941), wife of Lord Edward Spencer-Churchill (1853-1911), half-brother of the 7th Duke of Marlborough and close relation of Winston Churchill
Publication details: 
ONE: 28 Grosvenor Street, London SW1; 16 November 1934. TWO: Queensmead, Windsor; 9 January 1935. Each on letterhead of the British Legion, Women's Section, Haig House, 26 Ecclestone Square, London, SW1.
£56.00

Each 1p, 4to. Both in fair condition, lightly aged and worn, and each folded three times. On the letterhead she is referred to as 'The Lady Edward Spencer-Churchill O.B.E.' Chairman of the British Legion. Women's Section. ONE: 16 November 1934. Having been informed by 'Miss Gerds' that the recipient 'would like to know if I am coming by Car or by train on December 1st, to open your “Fun Fair,”' she states that she is 'not sure how long it would take to motor from London', but thinks it would be quicker by train. 'I see a good one arrives at 2-47!' TWO: 5 January 1935.

[Marshall Hall, celebrated physician and pioneering neurologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Marshall Hall') to the London medical publisher John Churchill, announcing that he is 'to give up lecturing'.

Author: 
Marshall Hall (1790-1857), celebrated physician and neurophysiologist [John Spriggs Morss Churchill (1801-1875), London medical publisher; Royal Society of London]
Publication details: 
14 Manchester Square [London]. 20 December 1838.
£250.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with the text of the letter on both sides of the first leaf, and the address on the reverse of the second leaf, only half of which is present after a central vertical cut. Strip of stub from mount adhering to one edge. Folded three times. The letter is addressed, after the valediction, 'For Mr Churchill', and addressed on the second leaf to 'Mr. Churchill | Prince's Street | Soho'. The letter begins: 'Dear Sir, | I am about to give up lecturing.

[Randolph Spencer-Churchill, Conservative politician, son of Winston Churchill.] Autograph Signature ('Randolph S. Churchill.').

Author: 
Randolph S. Churchill [Randolph Frederick Edward Spencer-Churchill] (1911-1968), Conservative politician and journalist, son of Winston Churchill [Geoffrey Herbert Crump (1891-1984)]
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£25.00

On 10 x 6 cm slip of laid paper cut from an album, with partial ruled border in pink and blue. In good condition, lightly aged. A good firm signature, reading 'Randolph S. Churchill.' No other writing on the same side; with signature of 'Geoffrey H. Crump' on the reverse.

[Frances Anne Spencer-Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, grandmother of Winston Churchill.] Autograph Letter in the third person to 'Mr. Adam', regarding the Duke's attendance at a parliamentary 'Committee on the Vane Estate Bill'.

Author: 
Frances Anne Spencer-Churchill [Lady Frances Anne Emily Vane] (1822-1899), Duchess of Marlborough, wife of the seventh Duke, John Spencer-Churchill (1822-1883), and grandmother of Winston Churchill
Publication details: 
On embossed letterhead of Blenheim Palace, Oxon. 26 July 1861.
£65.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. She asks Adams to inform her 'what day has been fixed for the Committee in the Vane Estate Bill' (in which she clearly has a family interest), continuing: 'When the Duke of Marlborough saw Mr Adam with Lord Redesdale last night he understood that Tuesday next was the day on which he was to be present in order to give his consent to the Bill; he has since heard from Mr. Wagstaff to say that Friday or the following Monday will be the earliest day on which the Bill can be committed.

[Sir Edward Marsh, Winston Churchill's friend and private secretary, classical scholar and patron of Georgian poetry.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edward Marsh') to 'Mrs Young', regarding his gift of a stick to 'Lance'.

Author: 
Sir Edward Marsh [Sir Edward Howard Marsh] (1872-1953), civil servant, promoter of Georgian poetry, classical scholar, friend and secretary to Winston Churchill
Publication details: 
20 West Road, Cambridge. 5 August [no year].
£56.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with two folds and one crease line. Written in a stylish and assured hand, the note reads: 'Dear Mrs Young, | Yes, I was Lance's friend - & I am glad to hear that the stick I gave him has descended to your son, to whom I wish all good. | Yours sincerely | Edward Marsh'.

[Sir Shane Leslie, diplomat, author and Winston Churchill's cousin.] Four Autograph Letters Signed (all 'Shane Leslie'), three to the journalist Collin Brooks and the other a letter of condolence to Brooks's widow. With TLS from Brooks to Leslie.

Author: 
Sir Shane Leslie [Sir John Randolph Leslie] (1885-1971), Irish diplomat, author and first cousin of Sir Winston Churchill [Collin Brooks (1893-1959), Fleet Street journalist]
Publication details: 
Three from London addresses: The Shamrock Club, 28 Hertford Street; 38 Knightsbridge Court, Sloane Street; letterhead of 5 Morpeth Mansions. One from Glaslough, County Monaghan, Eire [Ireland]. 1945 (2), 1948, 1959.
£220.00

The four letters are in good condition, lightly aged and worn. Each 1p., 12mo. The first three letters are written to Brooks, as editor of 'Truth'; the fourth is a letter of condolence to Brooks's wife. In the first letter (14 April 1945) he apologises for the delay in sending in a review: 'I have been two months out of the country and nothing could be forwarded.' He adds: 'I wish I saw more of Charles Webster.

[William Guidott embezzles John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough.] Two printed documents: 'The Case of the Appellants' (including Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough) and 'The Respondent's Case', the latter carrying the judgement in a contemporary hand.

Author: 
[William Guidott (1671–1745) of Lincoln's Inn, lawyer to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, and MP for Andover, Hampshire, embezzler] C. Talbot; Tho. Reeve; P. Yorke; Tho. Lutwytche
Publication details: 
Both documents with docket title stating that the case is to be heard at the bar of the House of Lords, 4 March 1727. [ESTC tentatively dates the items to 1728.]
£420.00

The background to the two documents is given in Guidott's entry in the History of Parliament, which states that his uncle Anthony was 'for many years a lawyer to the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and described the latter in his will as “my particular good friend”. Guidott benefited from the connexion, succeeding his uncle as lawyer to the Marlboroughs. […] He proved a disappointment to the Duchess of Marlborough, however, as by 1711 he had begun the embezzlement of funds from the Marlborough estates for which he was sued in 1725.

[ Lord Curzon analyses the result of the 1924 General Election, the decline of Liberalism and the 'menace' of Socialism. ] Three Typed Letters Signed (all 'Curzon') to Sir Courtenay Mansel, on Liberalism, Socialism, Lloyd George and Winston Churchill

Author: 
Lord Curzon [ George Nathaniel Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston ] (1859-1925), Conservative statesman, Viceroy of India, 1899-1905 [ Sir Courtenay Cecil Mansel (1880-1933), Welsh politician ]
Publication details: 
All on House of Commons letterhead. 7 November 1924; 12 March 1926 ('Dictated 12th'); 22 June 1928 ('Dictated 21st')
£320.00

Three excellent letters, highly revealing of Curzon's political position in the 1920s. The first, in the aftermath of the 1924 General Election, discussing at length the decline of Liberalism and the 'menace' of Socialism; the second regarding Lloyd George's 'land swindle' and the 'crushing blow' it has dealt the Liberal Party; the third explaining the reason for the impossibility of the Chancellor of the Exchequer Winston Churchill supporting Mansel (by now a Conservative) at the hustings in the 1928 Carmarthen by-election.

[ Sir Anthony Eden, British Prime Minister. ] Autograph Signature ('Anthony Eden').

Author: 
Sir Anthony Eden, British Prime Minister [ Robert Anthony Eden, 1st Earl of Avon (1897-1977), Conservative politician ]
Publication details: 
Place not stated. 1938.
£25.00

On 13 x 16 cm leaf torn from an autograph album. In good condition, lightly aged. A good firm signature, on otherwise-blank page, reading 'Anthony Eden | 1938.' From the papers of the dance teacher Phrosso Pfister, and with the reverse carrying a school table in a childish hand with her name and those of other girls in a pencil grid.

[ Frederick Marquis, 1st Earl of Woolton. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Woolton') to K. W. Luckhurst, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, declining to take the chair at a meeting.

Author: 
Frederick James Marquis (1883-1964), 1st Earl of Woolton, Conservative politician [ K. W. Luckhurst, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, London ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 68 Brook Street, London, W.1. 8 December 1948.
£45.00

1p., 8vo. In good condition, with hole from paperclip at top left, and small rust spot to left-hand margin. Woolton's signature has been underlined by Luckhurst in red pencil. He thanks him for the invitation to take the chair 'at the meeting of the Society on Wednesday, 19th January, when Mr. Gray is reading a paper on "The Industrial Designer and Consumer Goods", but must decline, as he is 'already engaged for the whole of that day'.

[ Christ Church, Oxford University. ] Seven printed menus, with floor plans, for the 'Christ Church Gaudy'.

Author: 
Christ Church, Oxford University [ Gaudy ]
Publication details: 
[ Christ Church, University of Oxford. ] The seven items dating from between 1906 and 1930.
£450.00

The seven items in fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Menus, with seating plans, for the gaudys of 1906, 1914, 1920, 1921, 1925, 1927 and 1930. Six of the seven uniform in design, printed on both sides of pieces of 24 cm square paper, folded twice into a 24 x 8 cm packet. The seventh (1925) printed on both sides of a 28 x 22.5 cm piece of paper, folded three times into a 14 x 7.5 cm packet.

[ The Duchess of Marlborough, the Earl of Godolphin, and Lord Sundon. ] Autograph Signatures ('S: Marlbrough | Godolphin | Sundon') on part of an Exchequer receipt.

Author: 
Sarah Churchill (1660-1744), Duchess of Marlborough, wife of the great Duke of Marlborough; Francis Godolphin (1678-1766), 2nd Earl of Godolphin; William Clayton (1671-1752), 1st Baron Sundon
Publication details: 
[ Court of Exchequer, London. 17 May 1740. ]
£80.00

On an irregular piece of paper, 18cm. high and 23cm. wide at the extremities. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Torn from a larger leaf, with one side carrying manuscript additions completing printed text ('In Repayment of Loan on the Eighteenth, 2s. Aid, Anno 1739.'). In manuscript: 'The most Noble Sarah Dutchess Dowager of Marlborough, the Right Honble Francis Earl of Godolphin, the Right Honble William Lord Sundon Executors of the late most Noble John Duke of Marlborough'. The signatures are on the reverse, with more manuscript text.

[ Awnsham Churchill and Edward Clarke of Chipley, John Locke's associates. ] Printed Exchequer receipt, completed in manuscript, and signed by the bookseller 'A. Churchill' and witnessed by radical MP 'E Clarke'.

Author: 
Awnsham Churchill (1658-1728), bookseller at The Black Swan, Paternoster Row, London, Whig member of parliament, publisher and friend of John Locke; Edward Clarke (1650-1710) of Chipley ]
Publication details: 
[ Her Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. ] 28 June 1715.
£450.00

1p., 8vo. On aged paper worn at head. Customary printed Exchequer receipt, completed in manuscript, headed (manuscript text in square brackets): 'Annuities, 3700l. per Week. | Record' [19 Janu. 1715]'. Calculations in right-hand margin and clerical sign on reverse. Recording the payment by Sir Richard Onslow of £100 to 'Awnsham Churchill Attorney for mr ffra: Bennett & for selfe'.

[ 'The Need of a National Party', 1890-1920. ] Material from the papers of J. Cuming Walters, editor of Manchester City News, regarding the formation of a national party, including drafts of autograph letctures by him, pamphlet, cuttings, proofs.

Author: 
[ National Party, United Kingdom, 1890-1921 [ John Cuming Walters (1863-1933), editor of the Manchester City News, 1906-1932, journalist and author; Winston Churchill ]
Publication details: 
Manchester and London. Between 1890 and 1920.
£280.00

A useful background guide is Geoffrey Russell Searle's 'Country before Party: Coalition and the Idea of "National Government' in Modern Britain, 1885-1987' (London, 1995). As the manuscripts in this collection indicate, Cuming Walters cherished the idea of a national party from the 1890s, and he was able to re-use material from that period on the formation of the National Party in 1920 (not to be confused with the party of the same name, a pamphlet relating to which is present, dating from 1917).

[ Winston Churchill's cousin on the Nazi menace. ] Material from the papers of Captain Edward George Spencer Churchill, mainly concerning the League of Nation, Fascism and appeasement, including autograph draft speech, letters, newspaper cuttings.

Author: 
Captain Edward George Spencer-Churchill (1876-1964), cousin of Sir Winston Churchill, art collector; H. A. Gwynne [ Howell Arthur Gwynne ] (1865-1950), editor of the Morning Post [ appeasement ]
Publication details: 
Letters from Northwick Park, Harrow, and 90 Piccadilly, London; between 1935 and 1940. Newspaper cuttings dating from between 1921 and 1944.
£1,250.00

Edward George Spencer-Churchill, first cousin of Sir Winston Churchill, was war hero, book collector and art connoisseur. Educated at Eton and Magdalen College, Oxford, he joined the Grenadier Guards in 1899, serving through the Boer War (2 medals and 7 clasps), and First World War (MC, Croix de Guerre with palm). As a Unionist, he contested Derby in 1906, and Tynemouth in 1910. He was High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, 1924–25, and a trustee of the National Gallery, 1943-50. He published books on fishing and commerce, and presented a book to the Roxburgh Club.

[ Winston Churchill's cousin Captain E. G. Spencer-Churchill on the Nazi menace. ] Printed pamphlet titled 'On Winning the War by Commander Stephen King-Hall, M.P.', annotated by Spencer-Churchill, with a Typed Letter Signed by him to King-Hall.

Author: 
Captain Edward George Spencer-Churchill (1876-1964), cousin of Sir Winston Churchill, art collector; Commander Stephen King-Hall, M.P.
Publication details: 
'News-Letter Supplement 195 5.4.40 [ i.e. 5 April 1940 ]'. [ 'Editorial Department, K-H News-Letter Service, Hartfield House, Headley, Bordon, Hants, England.' ]
£320.00

Both items in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. LETTER: Typed Letter Signed ('E G S-C') [to Commander Stephen King-Hall, regarding the pamphlet described below]. 9 April 1940, on Northwick Park letterhead. Perhaps not sent. 2pp., 4to. With minor autograph emendations.

[ Geraldine Knight, sculptor. ] 15 black and white photographs by Gilbert Adams of Knight at work on a sculpture for the new Whitbread brewery at Magor at Newport. With accompanying autograph text by Rosalind Thuillier.

Author: 
Geraldine Knight (1933-2008), English sculptor, wife of the artist Mark Churchill (1935-2011) [ Gilbert Adams (1906-1996), photographer; Rosalind Thuillier (1939-2015), critic; Magor Brewery, Wales ]
Publication details: 
Each photograph with stamp on reverse of Gilbert Adams, East Stowell, Marlborough, Wiltshire. Thuillier's text on her Wiltshire letterhead. Undated, but circa 1979.
£220.00

All items in good condition. The photographs range in size from 21.5 x 14.5 cm. to 18.5 x 16.5 cm., and show Knight at work on the sculpture, with her husband Mark Churchill present in one. Thuillier's text (1p., 12mo) reads: 'Geraldine Knight seen with her giant 10 ft. fibreglass and resin (GRP) Hinds Head which has been commissioned by Whitbreads for their new Brewery at Magor near Newport. The work has taken her a year to complete. She lives and works in a converted Bakery at Woodborough in Wiltshire where she has 4 large studios.

[ On Winston Churchill's wedding, by his mother-in-law's lover Wilfred Scawen Blunt, poet and orientalist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W. S. Blunt') to 'Lady Blanche' [ Lady Blanche Hozier ], regarding 'the wedding on Saturday'.

Author: 
Wilfrid Scawen Blunt (1840-1922), poet, author, orientalist and traveller [ Lady Blanche Hozier [ born Henrietta Blanche Ogilvie ] (1852-1925), mother-in-law of Winston Churchill ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Newbuildings Place, Southwater, Sussex. 7 September 1908.
£350.00

According to Blunt's entry in the Oxford DNB, he had an affair with Lady Blanche Hozier in the 1890s. Churchill married her daughter Clementine on Saturday 12 September 1908. 1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper. He hopes to be 'able to be present at the wedding on Saturday, if I may come in a wideawake hat (I wd. take it off in church) as I have left off chimney pots'. He hopes to send a wedding present, 'though Miss Kingsford has abandoned her illumination work now she is married & I can't put my hand on aonything of that kind worthy of the occasion'.

[ Cyril Clemens, editor of the Mark Twain Journal. ] Typed Letter Signed to military historian Barrie Pitt, informing him of his election as 'A Knight of Mark Twain'. With photocopy of letter from Winston Churchill to Clemens, inscribed to Pitt.

Author: 
Cyril Clemens [ Cyril Coniston Clemens ] (1902-1999), editor, Mark Twain Journal [ Barrie Pitt (2006), military historian; Winston Spencer Churchill ]
Publication details: 
Clemens' letter to Pitt is dated 5 May 1978. On his letterhead as editor of the Mark Twain Journal, Kirkwood, Missouri. The photocopy is of a Churchill letter dated from 10 Downing Street, 25 October 1943.
£65.00

ONE: Typed Letter Signed from Clemens to Pitt. In good condition, with light signs of age and wear. Expansive signature in blue ink. Letterhead with printed quotations from President Ford, Carl Van Doren, William Faulkener, Lyndon B. Johnson, John F. Kennedy and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Message reads: 'Dear Barrie Pitt | In recognition of your outstanding contribution to Biography, you have been unanimously elected, in succession to the late Captain Basil Liddell Hart | A KNIGHT | of | MARK TWAIN'. TWO: Photocopy of letter from Churchill to Clemens.

[ Barrie Pitt, military historian. ] Collection of material apparently assembled during the writing of his book 'Churchill and the Generals', including typescript of a piece on Montgomery of Alamein, titled 'The Making of a Field Marshall'.

Author: 
[ Barrie Pitt (1918-2006), military historian and editor, 'Purnell's History of the Second World War'
Publication details: 
None of the items with place or date. [ 'Churchill and the Generals' published in 1981. ]
£235.00

The collection is in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. ONE: Photocopied typescript of the beginning of a piece titled 'The Making of a Field Marshall', on the early career of Montgomery of Alamein. 10pp., 8vo. With a few autograph emendations. Ends abruptly. Apparently unpublished. TWO: Two black and white press photographs, each 13.5 x 19cm.

[ Lancelot Spicer and Radical Action. ] Two Typed Letters Signed to Mark Bonham Carter, discussing the aims of the group, the resignation of Wilfrid Roberts and a dinner for Sir William Beveridge. With copies of two letters from Bonham Carter.

Author: 
Lancelot Spicer [ Lancelot Dykes Spicer ] (1893-1979); Mark Bonham Carter, Baron Bonham-Carter (1922-1994) [ Radical Action; The Liberal Action Group ]
Publication details: 
Spicer's first letter: On letterhead of 16 Pelham Place, Kensington. 31 December 1943. Spicer's second letter: On Radical Action letterhead, 346 Abbey House, Victoria Street, London. 17 November 1944.
£120.00

The four items in good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. ONE: TLS by Spicer, 31 December 1943. 4pp., 12mo. With a couple of minor autograph emendations. A long and wide-ranging letter, discussing the aims of the group (in response to Item Three below). Topics include: 'intellectuals in the Group', whether it is 'disuniting the Party', 'the future of the Party', 'going into opposition', 'the position of the Liberal Party at the next General Election, or at the conclusion of the European War', and whether Radical Action is 'pin-pricking the Parliamentary Party'.

[ Winston Churchill ] Papers of the South African historian Brian Roberts (b.1925) relating to his ‘Churchills in Africa’ (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1970).

Author: 
[ Winston Churchill ] Brian Roberts, South African Historian
Publication details: 
Pre-1970.
£550.00

The book – centring on Winston Churchill’s ‘exploits in South Africa as correspondent, escaped prisoner of warm and army officer’ – was well-received: see for example a review in the Times Literary Supplement, 8 January 1971. The contents of a large box file, comprising autograph material (mostly contained in ten notebooks); correspondence to and from Roberts; material relating to publication on three continents; newspaper cuttings and photocopies. In good condition, lightly-aged.

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