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The Life of Benvenuto Cellini written by Himself. - Benvenuto Cellini, John Addington Symonds, Royal Cortissoz

1906 - Brentano's, New York - First Brentano Edition
An elegantly bound two volume set of the most important autobiography from Renaissance Italy and one of the most spirited and colourful from any time or place. Illustrated ‘with reproductions of forty original portraits and views’.

‘Benvenuto Cellini was both a beloved artist in sixteenth-century Florence and a passionate and temperamental man of action who was capable of brawling, theft, and murder. He counted popes, cardinals, kings, and dukes among his patrons and was the adoring friend of - as he described them - the “divine” Michelangelo and the “marvellous” Titian, but was as well known for his violent feuds. At age twenty-seven he helped defend the Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome, and his account of his imprisonment there (under a mad castellan who thought he was a bat), his escape, recapture, and confinement in “a cell of tarantulas and venomous worms” is an adventure equal to any other in fact or fiction. But it is only one in a long life lived on a grand scale.’

‘Cellini’s autobiography is not merely the record of an extraordinary life but also a dramatic and evocative account of daily life in Renaissance Italy, from its lowest taverns to its highest royal courts’
– James Fenton 
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Down in the Sumps - with - Unbalanced Cranks - W.H. Charnock

1951 - By the Author, Sussex - First Editions
The inimitable W.H. Charnock, the motoring man’s poet laureate.

On this grid are 51 poems to the joy and nostalgia of the motor vehicle, such as:
Combustio ad Infernum; Club Handicap - Silverstone; The Continental Boys; Bore Wise, Piston Foolish; Elegy For Cleaning Rags; Hill Climb, 1921; Bat Out of Hell; Salute to Bentley Drivers; S.T.D. and O.P.

An extremely rare and vintage duo in concours condition, harder to find than a brace of Blower Bentleys.
 
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1941-1946 - Cassell and Company, London - First Editions
Seven first edition volumes, finely bound into six, of the monumental orations from Britain's war leader, compiled by Randolph S. Churchill and Charles Eade. Illustrated with half tone plates mostly from photographs.

'
Into Battle' contains the most memorable Churchill speeches of the war, from 'Blood Toil Tears and Sweat' to his heroic homecoming at Harrow School; 'Unrelenting Struggle' covers the period from Nov.'40 through Pearl Harbour and the 'some chicken, some neck' speech in Ottawa, Dec.'41; 'End of the Beginning' chronicles the turning point of the war, following victories at Alamein and Stalingrad and the North Africa landings; 'Onwards' features speeches delivered prior to the invasion of Europe on 6 June '44; 'Liberation' continues the 'hopeful' nature of the 1944 speeches, whilst 'Victory' provides us with the final, triumphant war speeches. Six 'secret' speeches concludes the series. 
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My Early Life - together with - Thoughts and Adventures - Sir Winston Spencer Churchill

1930 1932 - Thornton Butterworth Limited, London - First Editions
Two finely bound volumes in custom made slipcase.

These two first editions represent Churchill's only autobiographical books, ‘
My Early Life’ is unquestionably among Churchill's most popular and most translated works. Written with a light-hearted touch it set a high standard for the beginning of the literary outpouring of the 'wilderness years’.

In
Thoughts and Adventures Churchill begins by asking what it would be like to live your life over again and ends by describing his love affair with painting. In between, he touches on subjects as diverse as spies, cartoons, submarines, elections, flying, and the future. 
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The War Speeches of Winston Churchill - Sir Winston Spencer Churchill, Charles Eade (editor)

1951 - Cassell and Company Ltd, London - First Collected Editions
A fine three volume set of the definitive edition of the War Speeches, compiled by Churchill's literary assistant Charles Eade, (1903-1964), editor of the Daily Sketch and the Sunday Dispatch, and editor of Churchill's wartime speeches, speaking notes and the collected volume 'Churchill by His Contemporaries'.

Includes occasional facsimile manuscripts, typescripts and documents. Eade's Papers, diaries and biographical material on Sir Winston were gifted to the Churchill Archives Centre in 1998, and are owned by Churchill College, Cambridge.
 
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1948 to 1961 - Cassell and Company Ltd., London - First Editions
With no later editions printed, and wrapped in delicate black dust jackets, prone to damage, this is a scarce complete set of the five volume first editions, without price-clipping and in exceptionally clean dust jackets, including Stemming The Tide in the first state dust jacket. Housed in a custom made slipcase.

After leading Britain to victory against the forces of Hitler, Churchill continued his involvement in public life-holding the positions of Prime Minister and Minister of Defence from 1951 until 1955. During this time, and after his departure from political life, Churchill retained a marked amount of influence on the global stage.

Although he remained in power after the war, this time was bittersweet for Churchill-who was acutely aware of the decline of the British Empire's global power. Churchill's speeches during that time give a poignant account of his state of mind and observations in the twilight of his career.
 
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Bordeaux and its Wines - Charles Cocks, Édouard Féret

1899 - Féret & Fils, Bordeaux - Third English Edition Improved
‘The classic reference work on Bordeaux wines’ - Jancis Robinson, The Oxford Companion to Wine.

A comprehensive and thoroughly illustrated third English edition of ‘
The Bordeaux Bible’, with eleven colour maps (nine of which are folding), and 374 in-text engravings of the Châteaux. Also included are numerous tables, lists, and comprehensive indices of principal proprietors, villages and communes, and principal growths.

A presentation copy from the great Bordeaux wine merchants Nath. Johnston & Fils.
 
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The Works of Joseph Conrad - Joseph Conrad

1924 - Doubleday, Garden City
This finely bound set of Conrad's complete works runs to 26 volumes comprising: Lord Jim, Youth (which includes Heart of Darkness), The Secret Agent, Typhoon, Almayer’s Folly, The Arrow of Gold, The Nigger of the “Narcissus”, Victory, Nostromo, The Rover, Under Western Eyes, ‘Twixt Land and Sea, A Set of Six, A Personal Record, The Rescue, Within the Tides, Tales of Unrest, Suspense, An Outcast of The Islands, Tales of Hearsay, The Shadow Line, The Mirror of The Sea, The Inheritors, Chance, Notes on Life and Letters, and Romance. 
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