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was auctioned on: 15 November 2011
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CHURCHILL, Winston S Archive of 29 typed letters signed ("Wi...

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Estimate: US$20,000 - US$30,000
Price realised:  US$52,500
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CHURCHILL, Winston S. Archive of 29 typed letters signed ("Winston S. Churchill" or "W.S.C.") to Sir Emsley Carr and Major D. Percy Davis, et al., the editors of The News of the World , 1934-1951. Together 39pp., 4to, on personal, Admiralty, and 10 Downing St. stationery . [ALSO WITH:] 10 additional letters from Clementine Churchill, Anthony Eden ("Avon"), Alec Douglas-Home and Edward Heath, 1965-1979.
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Archive of 29 typed letters signed ("Winston S. Churchill" or "W.S.C.") to Sir Emsley Carr and Major D. Percy Davis, et al., the editors of The News of the World , 1934-1951. Together 39pp., 4to, on personal, Admiralty, and 10 Downing St. stationery . [ALSO WITH:] 10 additional letters from Clementine Churchill, Anthony Eden ("Avon"), Alec Douglas-Home and Edward Heath, 1965-1979. "THE 'BATTLE OF BRITAIN' WAS WON BECAUSE...THE ENEMY BOMBERS CAME BY DAYLIGHT" A REMARKABLE ARCHIVE OF CHURCHILL'S LONG RELATIONSHIP WITH THE NEWS OF THE WORLD, which provided a needed source of literary income during the early 1930s, but which became an important platform for his warnings about Nazi Germany later in the decade. The archive also contains his summation of how the RAF saved England in 1940: "the 'Battle of Britain' was won because when the enemy Bombers came by daylight...our Fighters were strong enough to beat the escorts and inflict decisive losses upon the Bombers" (30 March 1941). Initially contracted to write a series on "Great Men I have Known," Churchill steadily expanded into great figures from the Bible and "Greatest Men of All Time." His thumbnail sketch for the latter series (7 April 1936) is amusingly succinct: "Confucius. Explains China." "Mahomet. Splendid action--the counter-drive to Christianity." "Alcibiades. Alexander. Great Greeks..." 13 November 1936: "With regard to the Biblical series I should be glad if this could be provisionally settled in writing. My political affairs are still in the uncertainty which lapped them last year, and it would be convenient to me to have an agreement made as before." In December 1937, he joked that with commitments to the paper stretching into 1941, "I shall certainly expect an invitation to the annual outing of the staff." Starting in 1938, the Nazi threat dominates the letters. 5 June 1938: "the R.A.F. ...is at present less than one-third of the German Air Force, and the rate of production is at present less than one-third." On 28 April 1939 he suggests an article on "Air Raids and the Population." Once war breaks out he writes (20 September 1939): "Emsley Carr has written to me that my contract with the News of the World can be suspended until the end of the war...I am giving my whole time to my work." 24 September 1939: "During the last three weeks I have not had a minute to think of anything but my task. They are the longest three weeks I have ever lived." He continued to write for the paper after the war. In the final letter in the archive (3 Nov. 1951) he tells A. G. Waters: "I look forward to many more years of friendly relations with you and the News of the World . Together 39 items .

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Books & Manuscripts
Date of the auction: 15 Nov 2011
Address: Christie's
15 November 2011, New York, Rockefeller Center