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CHURCHILL, Winston S Archive of over 60 typed letters signed...

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CHURCHILL, Winston S. Archive of over 60 typed letters signed and memoranda signed ("Winston S. Churchill", "W.S. Churchill," "W.S.C."), along with 10 printed telegrams, to C. C. Wood, 1933-1956. Also including letters, memoranda and galleys passed between Churchills' ghost writers and editors (William Deakin, Denis Kelly and Wood), several with autograph endorsements and annotations in Churchill's hand. Together approximately 170 pages, various sizes, a few letters signed by Churchill's secretary Violet Pearman, two letters with Churchill signatures clipped away .
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Archive of over 60 typed letters signed and memoranda signed ("Winston S. Churchill", "W.S. Churchill," "W.S.C."), along with 10 printed telegrams, to C. C. Wood, 1933-1956. Also including letters, memoranda and galleys passed between Churchills' ghost writers and editors (William Deakin, Denis Kelly and Wood), several with autograph endorsements and annotations in Churchill's hand. Together approximately 170 pages, various sizes, a few letters signed by Churchill's secretary Violet Pearman, two letters with Churchill signatures clipped away . A MAJOR ARCHIVE CONCERNING THE EDITING AND PRODUCTION OF CHURCHILL'S Marlborough AND HIS HISTORY OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR. Much of the correspondence has Churchill supervising Wood's handling of proofs and corrections. 21 August 1934: "I have been taking the very greatest trouble about these proofs and generally about this book and have spared no effort. I do think my corrections should not be overruled by the proof reader without the slightest explanation." 10 October 1935: "I will dictate a section of a chapter from the many works of reference I have read. I will then mark the various points which require to be more precisely verified..." We also see how Churchill responded to critics who were offended by his treatment of one issue or another. Sir Percy Loraine, Britain's ambassador to Italy in 1940, complained of Churchill's account of the final meeting between Loraine and Ciano on 10 June "It is unfortunately the case that your account is in error on four questions of fact...Had it occurred to you, before publication, to have the facts checked with the only surviving participant in the interview...I would willingly have given any assistance in my power." Churchill answered somewhat testily (14 March 1949): "In view of your letter I have arranged to leave out all references to yourself and your final interview." Loraine resented this, and sent another testy letter to Churchill, prompting Denis Kelly to write in a memo: "I think it would be best to delete all references to Sir Percy Loraine. He seems impossible to satisfy." A paragraph in Finest Hour on the action in British Somaliland in 1940 also provoked trouble: "I am far from satisfied," Churchill had written, "with the tactical conduct of this affair, which remains on record as our only defeat at Italian hands." The British commander at the time, Maj. Gen. Arthur Chater, protested on 27 June 1950: "You, Sir, should know how bitterly discouraged some of your greatest admirers have been by what they regard as the injustice of this passage..." The archive contains several ameliorative revisions by Churchill for use in later editions: "This is no way reflects upon the officers and men of the British and Somali troops..."

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Auktionshaus: Christie's
Titel: Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana
Auktionsdatum: 07.12.2012
Adresse: Christie's
7 December 2012, New York, Rockefeller Center