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Winston Churchill Signed Book

Significant signed example of Churchill's autobiography, presented to his easel-builder

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Significant signed example of Churchill's autobiography, presented to his easel-builder

Signed book: My Early Life: A Roving Commission. Later printing. London: Macmillan & Co. Ltd., 1942. Hardcover with dust jacket, 5.75 x 8.75, 392 pages. Signed and inscribed on the first free end page in fountain pen, "To Mr. Riggenbach, from Winston S. Churchill, 1946, September." Below, he adds a sketch of an easel, writing "Eureka!" Autographic condition: very good to fine, with irregular light toning to the signed page. Book condition: VG/VG, with a clipped portrait of Churchill affixed to the front pastedown, some light stains to spine, and minor nicks at spine head (reinforced inside with old, toned tape). Accompanied by a transmittal letter from his private secretary, Elizabeth Gilliatt, in part: "Mr. Churchill…wishes to send you the enclosed copy of one of his books as a mark of appreciation of the work you did on his easel." It seems that Mr. Riggenbach must have built a new easel for Churchill, who held painting as one of his dearest pastimes. A unique and desirable association copy of Churchill's autobiographical account of his early life.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts Featuring Presidents
  • Dates: #658 - Ended February 08, 2023

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