A small Second World War archive chronicling gifts exchanged by Winston Churchill and an Austrian ... A small Second World War archive chronicling gifts exchanged by Winston Churchill and an Austrian ... A small Second World War archive chronicling gifts exchanged by Winston Churchill and an Austrian ... A small Second World War archive chronicling gifts exchanged by Winston Churchill and an Austrian ...

A small Second World War archive chronicling gifts exchanged by Winston Churchill and an Austrian Jewish emigree, including The World Crisis 1911-1918 inscribed by Churchill in early 1942 and correspondence from 10 Downing Street

Winston S. Churchill

Verlag: Thornton Butterworth, Limited, London, 1937
Verkäufer Churchill Book Collector ABAA/ILAB/IOBA (San Diego, CA, USA)

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This Second World War archive chronicles gifts exchanged by Winston Churchill and R. F. Kallir. A jacketed British first abridged and revised edition, final printing of The World Crisis is inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To | R. F. Kallir | from | Winston S. Churchill | Feb. 1942". Accompanying the inscribed volume are two letters from Churchill’s Private Secretary to Kallir dated 20 December 1941 and 27 January 1942. Both letters retain their franked envelopes. There are also two mimeograph sheets, one a copy of Kallir’s letter to Churchill, the second apparently a transcription of the document gifted to Churchill. Provenance is the collection of Churchill’s bibliographer, Ronald I. Cohen. Austrian Jewish emigree Rudolph Franz Kallir (1895-1987) was a steel industry executive and noted collector of musical manuscripts and autographs who consulted on acquisitions to institutions including the Library of Congress, New York’s Pierpont Morgan Library, and Harvard University’s library. R. F. Kallir was father to pianist Lilian Kallir Frank (1931-2004) and younger brother to Otto Kallir (1894-1978), the prominent art dealer credited with introducing the works of Klimt and Schiele to the U.S., as well as pioneering the restitution of Nazi-looted art to Holocaust victims. Both Kallir brothers, born with the surname Nirenstein, fled Hitler’s Reich. Kallir sent a gift to Churchill on 19 December 1941, twelve days after Pearl Harbor, while Churchill was secretly en route to the U.S. The next day, Churchill’s Private Secretary Katherine Hill wrote to acknowledge the gift, which she said "will be handed to him as soon as possible." On 27 January, less than ten days after Churchill returned to Britain, Hill again wrote to Kallir to thank him for his gift, concluding: "Mr. Churchill sends for your acceptance a copy of his book "The World Crisis", which he has inscribed for you." Kallir’s 19 December letter to Churchill does not specify the nature of the gift, but provides context: "When I heard your speech several months ago you quoted the verses of Clough and when I saw at Sotheby’s a few weeks later the original manuscript of this poem, which finally came into your hands, I wondered whether it would be presumptuous of me to ask you to accept from my collection a document which I feel might be of interest to you so I ask you to accept the enclosed as a token of grateful admiration from a Viennese who found refuge in your country." A second mimeograph transcribes (in French) a message from Napoleon Bonaparte in his capacity as "Le Premier Consul" to the Minister of War inquiring about the status and disposition of bread rations. This was presumably the document Kallir gifted to Churchill. Fold creases indicate that the mimeographs previously resided in the third envelope, franked 1942 and addressed to "Dr. Kallir" in Kensington. There were three printings of this British first abridged edition of The World Crisis – 1931, 1932, and 1937 – all with the same dust jacket design, the 1932 and 1937 printings typically on heavier, lined paper with paler green hue than first printing jackets. A vividly bright green cloth binding variant is unique to the third printing. This inscribed third printing features a near fine plus variant binding in a near fine plus dust jacket. The jacket suffers only fractional chipping to the upper rear hinge, light wrinkling and a few short closed tears to extremities, and a little soiling to the rear face. Notably, the entire jacket retains uniform pale green hue, even on the jacket spine. The binding is square and tight with strikingly bright color, trivial wear to extremities, and a hint of cloth blistering to the upper boards. The contents and page edges are exceptionally clean with no spotting or previous ownership marks apart from the author’s inscription. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A69.6.c, Woods/ICS A31(bb.3), Langworth p.113 First abridged and revised edition, third printing. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 004004

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Titel: A small Second World War archive chronicling...

Verlag: Thornton Butterworth, Limited, London

Erscheinungsdatum: 1937

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included

Signiert: Signed by Author(s)

Auflage: 1st Edition


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