London: Thornton Butterworth, 1930. First edition. Finely bound in three-quarters morocco over marbled boards, plain endpapers. A just About Fine copy with some offsetting and toning to preliminary and terminal leaves, else unmarked. Complete with illustrations throughout.
An autobiography covering the first thirty six years of Churchill's life, from his birth in 1872 to his marriage in 1908. Emphasizing his childhood and schooldays, Churchill turns an early academic weakness into a mythic personal strength; for while a more successful student would have been learning classical languages, he was put into the courses for English, which would shape his future as a writer, speaker, politician and, ultimately, Nobel Prize winner. These accolades do not arrive within the scope of the memoir, however; and Churchill's early days as an officer are recounted, but at his marriage to Clementine he closes the book with how he "lived happily ever afterwards." Though Churchill wrote this book at a time when retirement seemed imminent, following the Conservative party's election loss, he could not predict the global changes that loomed on the horizon, nor the role he would play. Fine (Item #4894)