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Churchill, Winston S. Compiled by Randolph S. Churchill.. Arms and the Covenant.. London, George G. Harrap and Co., 1938, 1938.

Price: US$59.00 + shipping

Description: First Edition. Apparently only 5000 copies were ever published. Some neat pencil notes ( not many ) by Brigadier-General P.R.C. Groves, including margin lines, especially on the last page, with the concluding quote by Churchill, prescient as ever. Groves does not sign his name in the book however. Textblock is clean and binding tight. Rear endpaper and half title leaves have browning and the boards have light stains. Spine is slightly sunned though gilt is still bright. The last page with the key quote has a neat fold, as does another page that is key for the owner. P. R. C. Groves (1878-1959) was perhaps the most well-known proponent of the idea of the 'knock-out blow'. He held some very responsible positions during the war, in particular Director of Flying Operations, while after the war he was the British Air Representative to the Versailles peace conference. It's not clear to me why he retired so early at age 44; but as he was soon afterwards publicly criticising Trenchard and the Air Ministry, particularly over the possible aerial threat from France and the lack of support for the aircraft industry, perhaps he felt that change could not be effected from within. In September 1939 he was recalled to the Air Ministry, where he served as Deputy-Director of Intelligence until April 1940. His works on airpower include Our Future in the Air (1922), Behind the Smoke Screen (1934) and Our Future in the Air (1935; unrelated to the earlier book with the same name). Hardback. No dj.

Seller: Treasure House Books, Franschhoek, WCAPE, South Africa

Winston S. Churchill. Marlborough His Life and Times Volume IV. George G. Harrap, London, 1938.

Price: US$150.00 + shipping

Condition: Fine

Description: Volume IV of four volumes. First edition. 24 illustrations in photogravures, 1 facsimile letter and 39 maps and plans. Apparently unopened. Text tight and clean. No marks, discolouration or foxing. Small signature inside front cover with date Sept. 19 1938. Binding is purple cloth with gold lettering and title on spine of Marlborough. Coat of arms in gold on front cover. Upper left corner of cover and left edge of spine have some slight rippling - possibly from damp. Dust jacket is pale turquoise with the same brown design as the other volumes. The front cover of the jacket is detached and has not been re-attached as we prefer to leave the decision to the buyer. Jacket spine is aged to brown and there is some age browning to the front and back, and also slight tearing to the edges. There is a split across the spine about two inches down from the top. This is a heavy book and shipping costs will need to be assessed at time of purchase. This volume is of particular interest It details the fall from popularity of Marlborough at the end of his career. Please note our listing for volume III Size: 8vo

Seller: JCMBooks, Toronto, ON, Canada

The Right Hon. Winston S. Churchill Churchill. Arms and the Convenant, Speeches By The Right Hon. Winston S. Churchill. George G Harrap, London, 1938.

Price: US$150.00 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: 8vo pp. 466, frontispiece portrait, some slight discolouration/off-setting on the half-title page, and page 66, from paper that was placed there, o/w overall vg with textblock sound and tight, in slightly bumped and feded blue/gilt cloth

Seller: Edmonton Book Store, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Churchill, Winston S.. Arms and the Covenant. Harrap, London, 1938.

Price: US$178.96 + shipping

Condition: Near Fine

Description: First edition, one of 5000 copies. A near fine copy in publishers cloth, lightly sunned on spine and minor bumping to corners. Pencil inscription on front end paper and the odd pencil line in the margins, light foxing to the prelims, overall near fine, binding tight.

Seller: Blackrock Rare Books, Co. Dublin, Ireland

Churchill, Winston, S. and Churchill, Randolph, S. (Compiler),:. Arms and the Covenant,. London George G Harrap & Co Ltd, 1938.

Price: US$203.23 + shipping

Description: First Edition, ex library: Hardback, navy bds., gold titles, 160 x 230 mm., 900g., 464 pp., removed library sticker mark on pdfep. + a further 3 library stamps, portrait frontis, sunned spine and light edge wear, no dw., VG copy.

Seller: Stephen Wilkinson Fine Books, Near Ventnor, Isle of Wight, I.O.W, United Kingdom

Churchill, Winston. ARMS AND THE COVENANT. George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., London, 1938.

Price: US$250.00 + shipping

Condition: Near Fine

Description: Spine sunned but still with bold gilt lettering. Half title page a tiny bit browned from laid-in note. Former owner's signature neatly on title page (almost if he would have signed it). Else one of the nicest copies we have seen so far. ; Essays on disarmament; 8vo; 466 pages

Seller: Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore, Westport, CT, U.S.A.

Compiled by Randolph S. Churchill. Arms and The Covenant. George G. Harrap, London, 1938.

Price: US$298.07 + shipping

Condition: Good

Description: Original blue cloth binding, gilt titles to the spine. A little marking to the boards and minor sunning to the spine. Black and white frontispiece. Contents a little foxed but clean. Scarce in first edition. 465pp

Seller: St Marys Books And Prints Wisden Dealers, Stamford, United Kingdom

CHURCHILL. WINSTON. S.. ARMS AND THE COVENANT. Speeches by The Right Hon. Winston S. Churchill. C.H. M.P. Compiled by Randolph S. Churchill.. George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd. London. 1938, 1938.

Price: US$338.72 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: FIRST EDITION. Very good copy in publishers blue cloth with gilt ruling and lettering on spine. Double blind ruled borders on boards. Some offsetting to half title and title page, from the frontis photograph. Spine is uniformly a little bit faded. Previous owners bookplate on front paste-down, designed by Jozef Sekalski. Overall a very good copy.

Seller: Paul Foster. - ABA & PBFA Member., London, United Kingdom

Winston S. Churchill; Randolf S. Churchill, (Compiled by). Arms and the Covenant: Speeches by the Right Hon. WINSTON S. CHURCHILL. G.G. Harrap & Co. Ltd, London, 1938.

Price: US$425.00 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: "Speeches on foreign affairs and national defence . All except the first were delivered in the last six years, and all but two in the House of commons."--Preface. American edition published under the title: "While England Slept". Spine lightly sunned/faded and a few minor spots to front panel, small sticker abrasion to inside top corner of front pastedown with tiny faint trace of cloth showing through, usual offsetting to half title page, previous owner inscription on same. A very good sound and clean copy with little to no edge wear to cloth

Seller: Writers Den, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Winston S. Churchill. Marlborough: His Life and Times, Volume IV. George G. Harrap & Co., Ltd., London, 1938.

Price: US$475.00 + shipping

Description: This is a jacketed British first edition, only printing of the fourth and final volume of Churchill's Marlborough - a premium copy suitable for filling a superior first edition set. Winston Churchill's monumental biography of his great ancestor, John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, was initially conceived a full 40 years before publication of the fourth and final volume. Churchill originally considered the idea of the biography in 1898, returning to it in earnest in 1928. Marlborough ultimately took 10 years of research and writing and is the most substantial published work of Churchill's "wilderness years" in the 1930s. This decade saw Churchill pass into his sixties with his own future as uncertain as that of his nation. It is perhaps not incidental that Churchill’s great work of the 1930s was about a great ancestor. Churchill may have wondered more than once if the life history he was writing might ultimately eclipse his own. Richard Langworth says "To understand the Churchill of the Second World War, the majestic blending of his commanding English with historical precedent, one has to read Marlborough." Two months after Volume I was published, on 12 December 1933, T.E. Lawrence wrote to Churchill: "I finished it only yesterday. I wish I had not The skeleton of the book is so good. Its parts balance and the main stream flows Marlborough has the big scene-painting, the informed pictures of men, the sober comment on political method, the humour, irony and understanding of your normal writing: but beyond that it shows more discipline and strength: and great dignity. It is history, solemn and decorative." The first edition of Marlborough was originally issued in four volumes and was very well received - both critically and aesthetically. The first edition is physically impressive, bound in plum cloth with beveled edges, the Marlborough coat of arms in gilt on the front cover, a gilt text block top edge, and a profusion of illustrations, maps, and plans. Here is the first British edition, only printing of Volume IV, a near fine copy in a very good plus dust jacket, scarce thus. This final volume covers the years 1708 to 1722, chronicling the decline of Marlborough and the apparent frustration of his work. It is a substantial 671 pages with 24 illustrations, 39 maps and plans, and 1 document facsimile. The plum cloth binding is square, clean, bright, and tight with sharp corners and bright spine gilt. We note only a hint of bubbling to the binding cloth at the lower front corner and a razor-thin strip of sunning at the spine head. The contents are crisp and bright with no previous ownership marks. Very light spotting is confined to the otherwise bright fore and bottom edges. The dust jacket is unclipped, retaining the original lower front flap price, and is complete apart from fractional chipping to the spine head. Shelf presentation is superior, despite modest, even toning to the jacket spine. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A97.2(IV).a, Woods/ICS A40(aa), Langworth p.166.

Seller: Churchill Book Collector ABAA/ILAB/IOBA, San Diego, CA, U.S.A.

CHURCHILL. WINSTON. S.. ARMS AND THE COVENANT. Speeches by The Right Hon. Winston S. Churchill. C.H. M.P. Compiled by Randolph S. Churchill.. George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd. London. 1938, 1938.

Price: US$643.57 + shipping

Condition: Fine

Description: FIRST EDITION. 8vo. A fine and bright copy in publishers blue cloth with gilt ruling and lettering on spine. Double blind ruled borders on boards. Top edge dark blue. Some offsetting to half title where the dustwrapper front flap has previously been. This wrapper is no longer present but has done its job of protecting the book which is bright and fresh.

Seller: Paul Foster. - ABA & PBFA Member., London, United Kingdom

Winston S. Churchill. Arms and the Covenant, finely bound. George G. Harrap & Co., Ltd., London, 1938.

Price: US$1000.00 + shipping

Description: This is the precursor to Churchill's great war speeches, the first edition, only printing. This finely bound copy is handsomely executed in three-quarter navy morocco, evocative of the publisher's original dark blue cloth, over marbled paper-covered boards. The binding features generous corners, double blind-rule transitions, and a hubbed spine with blind rules framing the raised bands and gilt lions rampant in the unprinted compartments. The contents are bound with head and foot bands, fine stock endsheets, and gilt top edge. Condition of this copy is fine. The binding is flawless, without soiling fading, or wear. The contents are suited to the fine binding, notably clean with none of the spotting endemic to the edition and no previous ownership marks. We note only modest age-toning to the otherwise clean fore and bottom edges. Arms and the Covenant contains text from 41 Churchill speeches criticizing British foreign policy, spanning 25 October 1928 to 24 March 1938. This collection has been called " the permanent record of one man’s unceasing struggle in the face of resentment, apathy, and complacency". The speeches were compiled by Churchill's son, Randolph, who contributed a preface and is credited with compilation. Randolph would do the same for his father's first volume of war speeches, Into Battle, published in an almost unrecognizable world less than three years later. At the time, on the eve of the Second World War, the British edition was given the politically palatable title Arms and the Covenant. The U.S. title – While England Slept - is a bit more candid. The world remembers the resolute war leader to whom the British entrusted their fate, but it is easy to forget the years leading up to the war, which Churchill spent persistent, eloquent, and largely unheeded. Churchill bibliographer Frederick Woods called this edition "probably the most crucial volume of speeches that he ever published". As testimony to the book's importance, a copy of While England Slept lay on "President Roosevelt's bedside table, with key passages, including an analysis of the president's peace initiative, underscored." (William Manchester, The Last Lion, Volume II, p.305) 5,000 copies of this first and only British impression were printed. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A107.1, Woods/ICS A44(a), Langworth p.192.

Seller: Churchill Book Collector ABAA/ILAB/IOBA, San Diego, CA, U.S.A.

CHURCHILL, Winston S.. Arms and the Covenant. Speeches. Compiled by Randolph S. Churchill.. London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd, 1938, 1938.

Price: US$2032.32 + shipping

Description: Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine gilt, top edge dyed blue. With the dust jacket. Contemporary ownership inscription. Light spotting to edges, partial tanning to half title and final blank, spine very slightly rolled, corners just nicked; an excellent copy in the spine-tanned jacket, with a few spots, chips to ends and corners, and tape repair to head of spine panel verso. Frontispiece portrait. First edition, only printing, in the scarce first issue jacket, re-priced in pencil to 7/6 to match those of the remainder issue which had new jackets printed and priced at 7/6. A total of 5,000 copies were printed; Woods notes that 3,381 were sold at 18 shillings before June 1940, when the book was re-issued as a cheap edition, priced at 7s. 6d. Arms and the Covenant is an important collection of Churchill's speeches, 1928–38, warning of the dangers of a rearmed Germany. A contemporary review in the journal of the Royal Institute for International Affairs remarked that "apart from their literary graces" Churchill's speeches were remarkable because of "the restraint of their language" in view of the "blunders and inaccuracies" of the government and for his technical mastery, "There seems to be nothing from Naval Strategy to the jigs and tools in an aircraft factory. on which Mr Churchill is not an expert." Cohen A107; Woods 44a

Seller: Peter Harrington. ABA member, London, United Kingdom

CHURCHILL, Winston S.. Arms and the Covenant. Compiled by Randolph S. Churchill.. London: George G. Harrap & Co., 1938, 1938.

Price: US$2371.04 + shipping

Description: Octavo. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in burgundy morocco, titles to spine with lion centre tools in compartments, raised bands, roll to turn-ins, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Slight foxing to half-title, an excellent copy in a fine binding. Frontispiece portrait. First edition, first impression, of Churchill's warning of Britain's lack of military preparedness to face the threat of Nazi Germany. Cohen A107; Woods 44a

Seller: Peter Harrington. ABA member, London, United Kingdom

CHURCHILL, Winston S.. Arms and the Covenant. Compiled by Randolph S. Churchill.. London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd, 1938, 1938.

Price: US$3387.20 + shipping

Description: Octavo. Original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt within triple fillet gilt, rule to front board in blind, top edge blue. With the dust jacket. Spine slightly faded; an excellent copy in the jacket with short closed tears and a couple of minor chips to extremities, some light marks to panels and tape repairs to verso. Portrait frontispiece. First edition, only printing, in the scarce first issue jacket, priced 18/- net. A total of 5,000 copies were printed; Woods notes that 3,381 were sold at 18 shillings before June 1940, when the book was re-issued as a cheap edition, priced at 7s. 6d. Arms and the Covenant is an important collection of Churchill's speeches, 1928–38, warning of the dangers of a rearmed Germany. A contemporary review in the journal of the Royal Institute for International Affairs remarked that "apart from their literary graces" Churchill's speeches were remarkable because of "the restraint of their language" in view of the "blunders and inaccuracies" of the government and for his technical mastery, "There seems to be nothing from Naval Strategy to the jigs and tools in an aircraft factory. on which Mr Churchill is not an expert." Cohen A107; Woods 44a.

Seller: Peter Harrington. ABA member, London, United Kingdom

Winston S. Churchill. Arms and the Covenant. George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd, London, 1938.

Price: US$3400.00 + shipping

Description: This book is the precursor to Churchill’s great war speeches, the first edition, only printing. This particular copy is increasingly scarce thus, a very good plus copy in a very good plus first issue dust jacket. The navy cloth binding is square, clean, bright, and tight, showing no sunning to the nicely rounded spine. We note only a few trivial bumps to extremities and a little wrinkling to the spine ends. The contents retain a crisp, unread feel. Spotting appears confined to the first and final leaves and page edges. The half title page and blank rear endpaper verso following p. 466 of this edition nearly always show transfer browning from the original binding’s pastedown glue, as is the case with this copy, in which the title page is likewise browned except where protected by the facing frontispiece portrait. Of interest is this copy’s Commonwealth sojourn. A tiny sticker on the lower front pastedown reads: "F. W. Preece & Sons Ltd. 11 Victoria Arcade, Sydney". Australian provenance is confirmed by the only other previous ownership mark – the ink stamp of "ST. PATRICK’S COLLEGE, MANLY" also on the front pastedown. St. Patrick’s Seminary was once the principal training facility for priests in Australia. The pale blue first state dust jacket is noteworthy for retaining beautifully vibrant color, with no color shift between the spine and faces. The jacket is unclipped, retaining the publisher’s original lower front flap price – particularly noteworthy given the Commonwealth provenance. We grade the jacket as only very good plus owing to some soiling, primarily to the spine, and minor losses to the spine ends and flap corners, which have been addressed by a previous owner with matching blue paper repairs to the jacket verso. The jacket is protected beneath a removable, clear archival quality cover. Arms and the Covenant has been called " the permanent record of one man’s unceasing struggle in the face of resentment, apathy, and complacency" and "probably the most crucial volume of speeches that he ever published." (Frederick Woods) The book contains text from 41 Churchill speeches spanning 25 October 1928 to 24 March 1938. These criticize British foreign policy and warn prophetically of the coming danger. The world remembers the resolute war leader to whom the British turned, but it is easy to forget the years leading up to the war which Churchill spent persistent, eloquent, and largely unheeded. The speeches were compiled by Churchill's son, Randolph, who contributed a preface and is credited with compilation. Randolph would do the same for his father's first volume of war speeches, Into Battle, published in an almost unrecognizable world less than three years later. The "Covenant" in the title of Arms and the Covenant refers to the League of Nations Covenant, the instrument that was to maintain peace in the wake of the First World War. As testimony to the book's importance, a copy of the U.S. edition lay on "President Roosevelt's bedside table, with key passages, including an analysis of the president's peace initiative, underscored" (William Manchester's The Last Lion, Volume II, p.305). The British first edition saw only a single printing of 5,000 copies published on 24 June 1938 and of these, perhaps as few as 3,381 were issued in the distinctive pale blue dust jacket. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A107.1. Woods/ICS A44(a), Langworth p.191.

Seller: Churchill Book Collector ABAA/ILAB/IOBA, San Diego, CA, U.S.A.

CHURCHILL, Winston S.. Arms and the Covenant. Compiled by Randolph S. Churchill.. London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd, 1938, 1938.

Price: US$6774.41 + shipping

Description: Octavo. Original blue cloth, title gilt to spine within triple fillet gilt, double fillet panel in blind to the front board. Spine sunned, the boards marginally a touch spotted, light foxing to the endpapers, half-title browned as usual, a very good copy. Frontispiece portrait. First edition, only printing. Presentation copy to Admiral Sir Dudley Pound, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To 1SL [First Sea Lord] from WSC, 28.3.40." Churchill began to write "Admiral" and then scratched out the first two letters, deciding to use instead Pound's abbreviated title, and signing just with initials. Pound responded to this present with a note of the same date, "Thank you very much for Arms and the Covenant and the kind thought which prompted the gift. I shall much enjoy reading it and imbibe much useful knowledge" (Churchill papers, 2/397, published in Gilbert, The Churchill War Papers, I, p. 924). When Admiral Backhouse died in July 1939 Pound was neither an obvious, nor a popular choice for the position, "the appointment was something of a surprise to the fleet where, owing to his unsmiling manner and lack of panache, he was a little-known and not always popular figure" (Kemp, Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea). Pound's contribution to the naval conduct of the war has been the subject of controversy, but what seems to be universally agreed upon is that his greatest contribution to the war effort as a whole was in his handling of Churchill. "Pound had to answer to the most self-confident and interventionist political master any first sea lord has ever worked for. Churchill worked hard to maintain control of the broad direction of grand strategy in his own hands, and constantly involved himself in fleet operations The struggle to help harness the positive energy of this human dynamo yet prevent him from making impulsive decisions that might lead to disaster, or meddling in operations to the point where the fleet had no idea to whom it answered nor confidence in its direction, may have been Pound's greatest contribution to victory" (ODNB). So effective was Pound at blocking Churchill's headlong rushes that the prime minister referred to him and his staff as the "masters of negation." Pound died on Trafalgar Day, 1943, "Churchill walked in his funeral procession to Westminster Abbey, and was observed to be in tears as his 'dear old friend and true comrade' was sent back to the sea with 'a Peal upon the Bells of the Abbey Church, half-muffled'" (John Litchfield, "Admiral Sir Dudley Pound," The Naval Review, LXIX,3, p190). Arms and the Covenant is an important collection of Churchill's speeches, 1928–38, warning of the dangers of a rearmed Germany. A contemporary review in the journal of the Royal Institute for International Affairs remarked that "apart from their literary graces" Churchill's speeches were remarkable because of "the restraint of their language" in view of the "blunders and inaccuracies" of the government and for his technical mastery, "There seems to be nothing from Naval Strategy to the jigs and tools in an aircraft factory. on which Mr Churchill is not an expert." A superb wartime inscription, a wonderful association. Cohen A107; Woods 44a

Seller: Peter Harrington. ABA member, London, United Kingdom

Winston S. Churchill. Arms and the Covenant, inscribed by Churchill in July 1938 to his future wartime Minister of Transport and Minister of Aircraft Production, British aviation pioneer and Member of Parliament Lord Brabazon of Tara. George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd, London, 1938.

Price: US$8000.00 + shipping

Description: This first edition, only printing was inscribed by Winston Churchill in July 1938, during his pre-WWII political exile, to his future wartime Minister of Transport and Aircraft Production, British aviation pioneer and Member of Parliament Lord Brabazon of Tara. Boldly inked in black on the front free endpaper in five lines, the inscription reads: "To | Moore Brab | from | Winston S. Churchill | Jul 1938". Condition approaches very good. The blue cloth binding is square and tight with minor staining to the boards and toning of the spine and upper boards, likely reflecting long-term shelf placement beside smaller volumes. The spine gilt remains clearly legible. The contents show only incidental spotting, primarily confined to the endpapers and page edges, and age-toning to the pages. The author’s inscription is the sole previous ownership mark. Transfer browning typical of this edition (caused by the pastedown glue) has ghosted the inscription onto the half-title. Like Churchill, John Theodore Cuthbert Moore-Brabazon (1884-1964, first baron Brabazon of Tara) was educated at Harrow School. "Attracted to the mysteries of the early internal combustion engine", Moore-Brabazon left Cambridge to become a racing driver, winning the 1907 Circuit des Ardennes before discovering his lifelong passion for aircraft. He became the first Englishman to pilot a heavier-than-air machine under power in England and received the first pilot’s certificate issued by the Royal Aero Club before spending the First World War in charge of the Royal Flying Corps Photographic Section, from 1914-1918. He was decorated with the Military Cross and as a Knight of the Legion d’honneur and twice mentioned in dispatches. In 1918 Moore-Brabazon successfully stood for Parliament as a Conservative, where he served from 1918-1929 and from 1931-1942. Moore-Brabazon and Churchill shared a passion for the air; when Churchill’s appointment as Secretary of State for War and Air in early 1919 was challenged in the House of Commons, Moore-Brabazon "asked the House to approve Churchill’s appointment, declaring: ‘He does enjoy the confidence of most people interested in the air. He has imagination, and I believe he has the movement at heart.’" (Gilbert, Vol. IV, p.201) Moore-Brabazon was invited to become Parliamentary Private Secretary to Churchill. He would remain an important ally in the 1930s. "He supported Churchill’s pleas for a more spirited policy of rearmament throughout the era of appeasement" and in October 1940 became Churchill’s Minister of Transport and was sworn of the Privy Council. In May 1941 he became Minister of Aircraft Production. The two men shared history and perspective. Ironically, it was that shared perspective that cost Moore-Brabazon his political career. Churchill was a voluble pre and post-war critic of Soviet Russia, but during Second World War the Soviets were a vital ally. So when Moore-Brabazon expressed the hope in February 1942 that the German and Russian armies would annihilate one other, he was forced to resign. By April 1942 he was consoled with a peerage. "As a father figure of aeronautical enterprise" Lord Brabazon continued to have significant influence on aviation. He also continued to display characteristic boldness and panache, braving the Cresta racing toboggan run at St. Moritz every year until his death and excelling at several sports well into his eighth decade. (ODNB) Arms and the Covenant contains text from 41 Churchill speeches criticizing British foreign policy, spanning 25 October 1928 to 24 March 1938. It has been called "probably the most crucial volume of speeches that he ever published." (Frederick Woods) A copy of the U.S. edition lay on "President Roosevelt's bedside table, with key passages, including an analysis of the president's peace initiative, underscored." (William Manchester). The British first edition saw only a single printing of 5,000 copies published on 24 June 1938.

Seller: Churchill Book Collector ABAA/ILAB/IOBA, San Diego, CA, U.S.A.

Winston S.Churchill. Arms and the Covenant. George G.Harrap & Co Ltd, London, 1938.

Price: US$10493.56 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: First Edition:First Printing:Book Condition:A Very Good/Near Fine copy, very gently bumped top and bottom of the spine, corners very gently rubbed, spine very gently toned, top edges of front and rear boards very gently toned, page edges very gently toned, front and rear end papers very gently toned, signed by the Author "From Winston S. Churchill 1946" to the half title page, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.

Seller: Bawnmore Fine and Rare Books, Rugby, United Kingdom

CHURCHILL Winston S.. Arms and the Covenant. , 1938.

Price: US$13548.82 + shipping

Description: First edition. 8vo., original blue cloth. London, George G. Harrap & Co. With a bald presentation inscription from Churchill to the Duke of Westminster ?Bendor from Winston June 1938.? A book that goes to the heart of Churchill?s role in moving Britain onto a war footing in the late ?30s, when he led the fight against the appeasers. Churchill and the Duke (always known as Bendor, after a family race-horse) were the oldest and closest of friends before the war, playing tennis and polo, gambling, yachting, hunting, shooting, and fishing. Their friendship was not to survive the late 1930s, the rise of Hitler and the outbreak of war, thanks to Bendor?s strongly anti-war sentiments. He had always displayed more than the routine anti-semitism indulged in by the British upper classes, and in 1939 joined ?The Link?, an organisation whose declared aim was to ?promote better relations between the British and German peoples by non-political means?, but which had a strongly pro-Nazi and anti-semitic streak. The message of Arms and the Covenant, a collection of Churchill?s speeches urging rearmament, would have been deeply unpalatable to Westminster; Bendor was notably absent from the list of people who thanked Churchill for copies, and their next recorded communication is 10 days after the declaration of war in September 1939, when Churchill wrote him a tactful but very unambiguous letter about his attitude towards the conflict: ?pursuance of this line will lead you into measureless odium and vexation. When a country is fighting a war of this kind, very hard experiences lie before those who preach defeatism and set themselves up against the main will of the nation . . . I beg you not to spurn the counsels of a life-long friend.? Bendor spent the war as a model citizen, fire-watching and bomb-spotting when in London, hunting rabbits with his pack of dachshunds when in the country, and Churchill?s letter at first appears to have succeeded; however the evidence suggests that Westminster did not completely surrender his pro-German views. Bendor was famously infatuated with Coco Chanel, the great icon of twentieth century coutre, and they shared a long and tempestuous relationship through the late 1920?s, spawning the fantastic, if apparently apocryphal, twin stories that Bendor proposed by having both of their initials placed on every lamppost in Westminster, and her refusal by saying that ?there have been many Duchesses of Westminster, but only one Coco Chanel.? It was through Bendor that Chanel was introduced to Churchill and he approved of her influence on Westminster, writing to his wife that ?She is vy agreeable ? really a gt & strong being fit to rule a man or an Empire.? Chanel appears to have shared Bendor?s anti-communist, anti-semitic, and pro-German views; as late as 1943-4 Chanel appears to have been involved in an operation codenamed ?Modellhut,? in which members of the Nazi hierarchy immediately below Hitler, although without his knowledge or approval, sought to use Chanel to convey a message to Churchill offering a peaceful end to the conflict. In the words of Chanel?s biographer Henry Gidel, ?It is certain that from the beginning Chanel?s initiative was secretly supported by Bendor who had already tried to get his friend Churchill to accept his point of view? Bendor believed that if Chanel had even a small chance of bringing the Germans or their intermediaries together with Churchill it was worth the effort.? Ultimately the effort ended in failure when Chanel?s intended accomplice, Vera Bate Lombardi, the British socialite who had first been responsible for introducing Chanel to Bendor, denounced Chanel and all involved for collaborating with the Nazis. Despite an affectionate tribute from Churchill on Bendor?s death, relations don?t seem to have resumed with the same intimacy after war and the Duke appeared only rarely in Churchill?s papers. Bendors distaste for the book presented to him by Churchill is neatly encompassed by

Seller: Maggs Bros. Ltd ABA, ILAB, PBFA, BA, London, United Kingdom

CHURCHILL, WINSTON S.. Arms and the Covenant. London: George G. Harrap, 1938, 1938.

Price: US$17500.00 + shipping

Description: First Edition; 5000 copies were printed. A fine copy in a jacket with light wear and tear; in a custom clamshell box. Inscribed by the author, 'To Mrs. Gamble from Winston S. Churchill, July, 1938.' All books described as first editions are first printings unless otherwise noted.

Seller: Peter L. Stern & Co., Inc., A.B.A.A., Boston, MA, U.S.A.