"ABOUT A FEW PROMINENT MEN—GREAT, EVIL, STUPID, SILLY, WISE": FIRST EDITION OF CHURCHILL'S GREAT CONTEMPORARIES
CHURCHILL, Winston. Great Contemporaries. London: Thornton Butterworth, (1937). Octavo, original navy cloth. Housed in a custom morocco clamshell box. $1250.
First edition of this collection of biographical sketches of some of the most influential men of the 20th century, illustrated with 21 photographic portraits, in original cloth.
"This book is about mankind and about a few prominent men—great, evil, stupid, silly, wise… The book is also about Churchill as he sees himself, with the personalities which shaped his judgments and character… At this distance we see him absorbing those lessons of leadership for the moment when he was to become Prime Minister of a nation alone, at its most solemn hour" (Langworth, 177). Includes essays on George Bernard Shaw, Chamberlain, Lawrence of Arabia, Leon Trotsky, Hitler, Philip Snowden, and King George V, among others. Without scarce original dust jacket. Cohen A105.1.c. Woods A43(a). Langworth, 176-179.
Light foxing, chiefly marginal; minor discoloration to front cover, spine gently toned as often. An extremely good copy, handsomely boxed.