Inscribed:’To J. S. Rankin from Winston S. Churchill May 1924′.
Originally published in 1906, Churchill’s biography of his father Randolph (1845-1895) was well received and the following year reissued in this single volume format.
This copy bears an inscription to J.S. Rankin, probably the Conservative politician, James Stuart Rankin (1880-1960), who was elected M.P. for East Toxteth, Liverpool from 1916-1924; he was the brother of the Liverpool shipbuilder Sir Robert Rankin and would have been 27 at the time of the presentation and Churchill only 6 years older.
Second edition, inscribed by Churchill on half-title, 8vo. xix, (3), 907pp., five inserted illustrations or facsimiles throughout, including portrait frontispiece, a few minor spots to preliminary pages, offsetting from tissue-guard to title, upper hinge split but strong, else fine, publisher’s red cloth, covers double-ruled in blind, spine ruled and lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, rubbed at extremities, spine darkened, bumped to head and foot, otherwise very good, preserved in a modern maroon cloth solander box.
Stock ID: 98780