London: Thornton Butterworth, 1932. First edition. Fourth impression. Finely bound in three-quarters morocco over marbled boards, plain endpapers. A Near Fine copy, with offsetting to preliminary and terminal leaves, and scattered foxing and toning to half and full titles. A square and pleasing copy.
Focused on the revolutions in science and politics that he witnessed as the Victorian era of his youth gave way to a modern age, Churchill wrote Thoughts and Adventures to remark "on the extreme diversity of event and atmosphere which a man of my generation has passed and is passing." This was the so-called "middle period" of Churchill's writing -- unfolding in a quiet space between world wars, when his political career and future were in question. This quiet opened the door to thoughts of destruction. "Churchill argues that 'it was not until the dawn of the twentieth century of the Christian era that War really began to enter its kingdom as the potential destroyer of the human race.'...Churchill indicates that this nightmare is still a few steps away from being real" (Muller). Near Fine (Item #4901)