My Early Life: A Roving Commission - together with - Thoughts and Adventures : Amid These Storms - 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.   My Early Life’ is unquestionably among Churchill's most popular and most translated works. While it may lack the gravitas of the War Memoirs it is almost certainly more often read. Much of the volume is a rework of the earlier war correspondence volumes into a coherent whole and takes the reader to Churchill's marriage in 1908. Written with a light-hearted touch it set a high standard for the beginning of the literary outpouring of the 'wilderness years".

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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. Containing twenty three articles, including ‘My Spy Story’, ‘Mass Effects of Modern Life’ and ‘Moses’, originally dictated late at night in the 1920s in his study, all of which had been published in magazines and newspapers between 1921 and 1931. Illustrated with photographic frontispiece and several cartoons.

References: Woods,
Bibliography of the Works of Sir Winston Churchill A39(a). Langworth, A Connoisseur’s Guide to the Books of Sir Winston Churchill 156.

Two octavo volumes (binding size 21.5x15cm), pp. [2] 392 [2]; [2] 320 [2].
  Finely bound in matching recent full dark blue morocco, spines with raised bands, titles and 'lions rampant' tooled in gilt, top edges gilt. Housed in custom dark blue fleece-lined slipcase.   Condition: Near fine, occasional light toning and spotting within, in fine bindings and fine slipcase   Ref: 109814   Price: HK$ 13,500