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CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Second World War . An archive of 13 galley proofs (comprising some 424 pages) plus 13 printed proofs (in octavo wrappers) of various versions of volumes I-VI, some with corrections and comments in Churchill’s hand; the majority of the extensive corrections in the hands of C. C. Wood and F. W. Deakin.
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Second World War . An archive of 13 galley proofs (comprising some 424 pages) plus 13 printed proofs (in octavo wrappers) of various versions of volumes I-VI, some with corrections and comments in Churchill’s hand; the majority of the extensive corrections in the hands of C. C. Wood and F. W. Deakin. A FASCINATING ARCHIVE SHOWING US THE EARLY DRAFTS OF CHURCHILL’S MAGISTERIAL HISTORY AND MEMOIR , The Second World War . Much of the writing of these volumes fell to “the Syndicate” that Churchill formed around him. Chief among them were F. W. Deakin, C.C. Wood, Denis Kelly, William Deakin and Gordon Allen. The hands of Deakin, Wood and Kelly appear most often in these galleys and proofs. But Churchill, a professional writer of long experience, paid close attention to their drafts, provided comments and ordered changes when required. In the printed proof titled, “Churchill’s Vol. II, Overtake Corrections,” the author writes in the margin alongside a discussion of British and French exchanges during the retreat to Dunkirk: “This now matters. Where inserted must be checked by me.” In one of the galleys of the chapter, “Potsdam: The Atomic Bomb,” Churchill writes “I think it is allright” alongside the assertion that the invasion of Japan would have “required the loss of a million American lives and half that number of British.” Other interesting features of the archive are Lord Moran’s complaints to Churchill in a 29 April 1950 letter, claiming that the draft chapter on Churchill’s wartime pneumonia, “An Enforced Interlude,” slighted Moran’s role. An extensive and fascinating archive of the drafts of this seminal work of history.

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Auktionshaus: Christie's
Titel: Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts including Americana
Auktionsdatum: 12.06.2015
Adresse: Christie's
12 June 2015, New York, Rockefeller Center