A collection featuring 152 separate items of books, maps, posters, photographs and leaflets from every phase of Winston Churchill’s long career and from World War II have been put on display at Peter Harrington Rare Books in Mayfair, London.
A highlight of the superb collection are the 22 rare first-edition copies of Churchill’s major works, many in several volumes and valued at £100,000. Books include one of two known copies of Lord Randolph Churchill, the biography Churchill wrote about his father in 1906, and a copy of his 1909 book Liberalism and the Social Problem, still in its original dust jacket.
Other parts of the collection on display include combat leaflets from World War II that were written in German by the Psychological War Division and were showered on German troops in North Eastern Europe as they retreated to undermine their already low morale.
The collection, Winston Churchill and the Second World War, also includes copies of Savrola, Churchill’s only major fictional work, which tells the story of revolution in Laurania, a fictional city in Europe, and was published in 1900.