Typed letter signed, one page, 7,5 x 9,5 inch, `Hyde Park Gate` stationery, (London), 20.03.1948, reply letter to book editor and noted bibliophile Desmond Flower* (1907-1997) - concerning a final proof revision on his own Master Copy, signed in dark ink "Yours sincerely - Winston S. Chrurchill" - additionally marked "Private" to the upper left corner, attractively mounted (removable) for fine display with a photograph, shows Churchill in a half length portrait (altogether 16,5 x 11,75 inch), with intersecting letter folds and a file hole to the upper left corner - in fine condition. "[Private - Dear Desmond,] Thank you for your letter of March 18. I propose to make my final proof revision on my own Master Copy, and leave to the publishers the responsibility for making their own texts conform. It is possible that these proof revises will be reprinted within a fortnight or so in a final text. It will not however be necessary to print the whole 150 copies. The bulk of these are for the foreign editions, in Reves`sphere**. I can certainly give Houghton Mifflin a final text (reprint) or a copy of my final Master Copy, or both. This will probably be more convenient as it will direct attention to the comparatively few alterations now required. By all means arrange with them to transmit these to you in due course. I may however be able to furnish you simultaneously with a duplicate. [Yours sincerely - Winston S. Chrurchill]" Churchill distinguished himself as a soldier, author and statesman, rising to the height of fame as England`s prime minister during WW II. From 1945, when the Labor party regained power, until 1951, when a Conservative victory again made him prime minister, Churchill continued to write and champion the cause of British security and world peace. It was during these years that he began his six-volume history `The Second World War`. The series was first published in the U.S. by Houghton Mifflin, followed by Cassell`s British edition. * Despite contemplating a career in the antiquarian book world, Flower followed in his father`s footsteps, and entered the venerable Cassell`s in 1930. `Almost the last thing that Flower did before joining the Army in 1940 was to prepare the first volume of Churchill`s wartime speeches`, (`Obituary: Desmond Flower`, in `The Independent`, March 31, 1997). Flower returned to rebuild Cassell`s after the war and `In this, Churchill`s six volume history `The Second World War` (1948-1954) was a gigantic asset` (ibid.). ** Churchill`s close friend, publisher and literary agent Emery Reves (1904-1981), was responsible for the foreign editions of Churchill`s memoirs. For `The Second World War`, Churchill won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953, after which he continued to collaborate with Cassell`s on the publication of subsequent works.
|Year of birth||1874|
|year of death||1965|
|Size in inch (1 inch = 2.5 cm)||7,5 x 9,5 (altogether 16,5 x 11,75 inch)|
|Type of Autograph||letters|