Lot 211: Hand-corrected typed manuscript page from an early draft of Marlborough: His Life and Times, one page, 8 x 10, no date but circa 1933–1934. A page from a draft of Churchill's monumental biography of his ancestor John Churchill, first Duke of Marlborough, heavily corrected and edited in his own hand. In part: "Tallard came in touch with the Elector during the 5th, and the full concentration of the Franco-Bavarian army was effected on the 6th at Biberach. Marlborough and the Margrave had simultaneously withdrawn from Friedberg to Schobenhausen…But for greater security Marlborough moved on the 7th." In fine condition, with light creases and soiling. Churchill published the biography of Marlborough in four volumes between 1933 and 1938. This passage is an early version of a portion of chapter nineteen in Volume II, published in October 1934, concerning the French general Marshal Tallard. In addition to his political acumen, Churchill was a celebrated writer; though probably best known for his six-volume history of World War II, he published more than forty books and received the 1951 Nobel Prize for Literature 'for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values.'
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Sunday, 17th May 2015
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