Churchill ( Winston Spencer): Great Contemporaries, with inscription to Neville Chamberlain, dated October 1937.
Lot 190
CHURCHILL (WINSTON) Great Contemporaries, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY TO NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN, 1937
Sold for £22,500 (US$ 36,766) inc. premium

Lot Details
CHURCHILL (WINSTON)
Great Contemporaries, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY TO NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN, inscribed on fly-leaf "To Neville Chamberlain from Winston S. Churchill October 1937", 21 plates, publisher's blue cloth [Woods A43(a)], 8vo, Thornton Butterworth, 1937

Footnotes

  • CHURCHILL'S GREAT CONTEMPORARIES, CONTAINING HIS ASSESSMENT OF ADOLF HITLER, PRESENTED TO CHAMBERLAIN AND READ BY HIM IN DECEMBER 1937. The autograph inscription is dated October 1937 (published 4 October), with the date "December 1937" pencilled in Chamberlain's hand on the final page, indicating when he finished reading. (His careful attention to the book is indicated not only by its condition, which although good shows clear signs of use, but also by a correction made by him on p.285, where he notes his correct office on joining the Cabinet; the fly-leaf bears a further note referring to this which, it seems, Chamberlain then rubbed out). Churchill's essay on Hitler, one of twenty-one that make up this book, was written in 1935, and ends with a warning surely aimed as much at Chamberlain, appointed Prime Minister that May, as much as anyone: 'Meanwhile, he makes speeches to the nation, which are sometimes characterized by candour and moderation. Recently he has offered many words of reassurance, eagerly lapped up by those who have been so tragically wrong about Germany in the past. Only time can show, but, meanwhile, the great wheels revolve; the rifles, the cannon, the tanks, the shot and shell, the air-bombs, the poison-gas cylinders, the aeroplanes, the submarines, and now the beginnings of fleet flow in ever-broadening streams from the already largely war-mobilized arsenals and factories of Germany'.

    Provenance: From the private collection of Mrs Francis Neville Chamberlain, daughter-in-law of the Rt Hon. Neville Chamberlain MP.
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