Lot 20

CHURCHILL, Winston Spencer (1874-1965) & Clementine CHURCHILL (1885-1977).  Ian Hamilton’s March. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1900. 8vo. Half title, half tone frontispiece portrait, 9 wood-engraved maps in the text, folding map at the end printed in black and brown with route drawn in red ink, 36-pages of publisher’s advertisements at the end (some spotting and staining to first few leaves, occasional light spotting and staining elsewhere). Original red cloth lettered in gilt (some speckled staining, mostly towards fore-edge of upper cover). Provenance: later illegible signature on front free endpaper. FIRST EDITION. Woods A5. "The great man is required reading and I bought this and the book in the following lot at a discreet upstairs secondhand bookshop in Hobart's Salamanca Place while watching a One-day International in Tasmania at the Bellerive Oval" (H.B.). Loosely-inserted is a 2-PAGE TYPED AND AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED, FROM CLEMENTINE CHURCHILL, stating [in autograph]: “My dear Miss Brook,” on paper headed 10 Downing Street, dated 28th December, 1944, [continuing, typed]: “What an amusing and delightful present you have sent me. I love reading ‘Orlando’ in bed. I wish I could meet a lovely [‘lovely’ crossed out and replaced in autograph with ‘living’] marmalade cat as sumptuous and enchanting. Thank you so much.” [In autograph]: “Yours affect. Clementine S. Churchill. I was at Fulmer last Friday & saw the 2000 [?]th Baby & all [?]Matron’s lovely Christmas preparations. The Nursery & V.A.Ds sang ‘Nowell’ (quite beautifully) led by Miss Buchanan. I also visited Fircroft where I found [?] Matron gay & calm & pleased with the kitchen experiment.” “Fulmer” was Fulmer Chase Maternity Hospital for Wives of Junior Officers, of which Clementine Churchill was Chairman. “Fircroft” is probably Fircroft College in Selly Oak, Birmingham. (2)

Estimate: £400-£600