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

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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

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

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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