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MY EARLY LIFE. - THOUGHTS AND ADVENTURES. - GREAT CONTEMPORARIES. - STEP BY STEP.

MY EARLY LIFE. – THOUGHTS AND ADVENTURES. – GREAT CONTEMPORARIES. – STEP BY STEP.

CHURCHILL. WINSTON. S. FOUR VOLUMES. First Odhams Press editions. 8vo. (8.5 x 5.7 inches). Finely bound for Churchill, by Zaehnsdorf bookbinders, for presentation. My early life is inscribed 'To Air Commodore G. Powell from Winston S. Churchill. 1948', Thoughts and Adventures is signed 'W S Churchill', and the other two volumes are initialled by Churchill, all in black ink on the front blank endpapers. These are later editions of earlier titles but all four are the first printings of these Odhams Press editions, and are four of an unknown number of Odhams printings that were specially bound for presentation by Churchill. Bound by Zaehnsdorf, and with their gilt name stamp to the inner front boards, in full red morocco. Spines with raised bands, each with gilt piping. The compartments ruled and lettered in gilt. Double gilt ruled borders to the boards. All four front boards have a gilt stamped facsimile of Churchill's signature to the bottom of the panel. Board edges double ruled in gilt. Decorative gilt rolled inner dentelles. Marbled endpapers. Top edges gilt. Great Contemporaries has a small mark to the bottom of the spine otherwise the binding is clean and bright. The other three volumes all have staining to the bindings on the boards and spines and a couple have some bowing but they are all still attractive and sound. The blank endpapers have some offsetting around the edges and matching the lines of the endpapers. Some occasional foxing to some of the text pages but generally clean and tidy books throughout. The recipient of these four books was Air Commodore Griffith 'Taffy' Powell, a pilot who frequently flew Churchill both during the war with R A F Ferry Command and after when he was a commercial pilot, where he pioneered the development of Silver Cities Air Ferries, flying passengers and their cars between Britain and the continent. He is said to have offered Churchill free flights during his wilderness years and these books were probably given as a thank you for this generosity as well as Powell's war time work. He wrote a book about his years as a pilot, 'Ferryman: from Ferry Command to Silver City', which was published in England in 1982. The book contains a photo of Powell, stood outside of an aircraft with Churchill. A copy of this is included with the Churchill books. I do not know how many books from these Odhams editions were bound for presentation but they are not common. I had three of these titles, in identical bindings, and all inscribed, signed and initialled by Churchill to the same person, back in 2006 but have not seen any others since
THE ART OF ILLUMINATING. As Practised in Europe From the Earliest Times. Illustrated by Borders

THE ART OF ILLUMINATING. As Practised in Europe From the Earliest Times. Illustrated by Borders, Initial Letters and Alphabets, Selected and Chromolithographed by W. R. Tymms. With an Essay and Instructions by M. D. Wyatt Archt.

W. R. TYMMS. and WYATT. M. D(igby). -- Fine binding by The Ashley Bindery. FIRST EDITION. 4to. (11.6 x 8.1 inches). Illustrated with a total of 102 fine full page Chromolithograhic plates; Half title, title page, 99 numbered plates - each with a tissue paper guard, and the colophon leaf. 104 pp of text, printed in black within decorative red borders. A fine copy in a beautiful designer binding by The Ashley Bindery, of Somerset. Stamped to the rear inner board- 19 AB 81. Full black morocco with multi colour design of two boxed lines in brown morocco across both boards and the spine, with tan, green and red design within each box. The spine is also lettered in gilt. Wood effect endpapers. All edges gilt. Housed in a felt lines chemise with the same wood effect paper on the boards and a black morocco spine, lettered in gilt and with one of the red designs onlaid between the title and authors. This then fits into a felt lined slip case covered with the wood effect paper. A fine and beautiful binding. --- A previous owner has written neatly in pencil on the front blank free endpaper that they bought this from Mr Ashley of the Ashley Bindery in 1981 for £100, also stating that Mrs Ashley designed the binding. I assume that they mean Mr and Mrs Lewis who owned the bindery.
AN ENTIRE BODY OF PHILOSOPHY. According to the principles of the famous Renate Des Cartes. In Three Books: I. The Institution . II. The History of Nature . III. A Dissertation of the Want of Sense and Knowledge in Brute Animals . Written Originally in Latin by the Learned Anthony Le Grand

AN ENTIRE BODY OF PHILOSOPHY. According to the principles of the famous Renate Des Cartes. In Three Books: I. The Institution . II. The History of Nature . III. A Dissertation of the Want of Sense and Knowledge in Brute Animals . Written Originally in Latin by the Learned Anthony Le Grand, Now carefully translated from the last Corrections, Alterations, and large Additions of the Author, never yet Published. The whole work illustrated with almost an hundred Sculptures . By Richard Blome.

LE GRAND. ANTHONY. (Blome. Richard. - Translates). FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. Folio. (13.6 x 9.3 inches). Illustrated with 100 leaves of fine engraved plates by Johannes Kip and Michael van der Gucht after G. Freman, &c. The plate count varies in copies listed on the ESTC and some copies are reported with 101 plates. There is no list of illustrations but the text pages have been collated and are complete. Earliest state of the title page with ten London booksellers listed. Two leaves with small area of loss to corners, one with the word Chapter clipped at the top and the other with a small amount of loss to the bottom outer corner and not affecting the text. A handful of pages with some minor foxing but overall a very good bright and crisp copy throughout, and the plates are good strong impressions. Finely bound in late twentieth century period style full brown panelled calf. Spine with raised bands. The compartments ruled in gilt and decorated in blind. Red title label gilt. Plain magnolia coloured endpapers. All edges speckled. Armorial bookplate (presumably salvaged from the earlier binding by the binder) of Mountague Garrard Drake, of Shardelois, Bucks, mounted on the verso of the engraved frontispiece. Drake (1692 - 1728) was a British Tory politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1713 and 1728. --- An attractive copy of this important work. -- Wing L950.