London: Macmillan & Co., 1906. First edition. Finely bound in three-quarters morocco over marbled boards. A Nearly Fine complete set with just a bit of foxing to the leaves. A lovely example.
"With the help of his father's close friend, Lord Rosebery, Winston Churchill persuaded his father Lord Randolph's literary executors to entrust the task of producing an official biography to him. Rosebery, Winston's valued counselor, noted 'The plan was beset with difficulties. A son, who hardly knew his father as a public man or not at all, writing his father's life; the story only ten years old and full of delicacies and resentments...And the author had normal animosities.'...On publication in January 1906, Lord Randolph received considerable attention, as might be expected...Readers were eager to know whether filial relationship would distort the author's judgment, and whether Winston's own political jousts with figures such as Balfour and Joseph Chamberlain would alter his perspective...The biography was both admired and criticized" (Hillsdale College). Near Fine (Item #4886)