Lot 305: Winston Churchill

RR Auction

RR Auction

2015-12-18 16:59:30

Lot 305: ALS signed "Winston S. Churchill," one page, 5 x 8, Great Cumberland Place letterhead, September 22, 1899. Letter to P. J. Schollay, in full: "With reference to your reference to a passage in my book, 'The Story of the Malakand Field Force':—This solid concrete world is the only reality of which we can be sure: beyond it all is a matter of opinion or belief. That was my idea; though I agree with you thinking the passage obscure. I am complimented by the attention which you have given to the book." In very good condition, with intersecting folds (two vertical folds passing through two letters of the signature), scattered soiling, small separations and tears to edges, and show-through from toned tape reinforcing horizontal fold. Released in 1898, The Story of the Malakand Field Force: An Episode of Frontier War was Churchill's first published work of nonfiction, detailing his experience as a second lieutenant in the 1897 military campaign of the Northwest Frontier Province. Astounded by the inimitable power of new breach-loading weaponry, Churchill's cavalry observations would later influence his decisions to fund and invest in armored vehicles during his initial term as the First Lord of Admiralty. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467 Wednesday, 13th January 2016 Estimate: $2000-3000
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