The Grand Alliance.
CHURCHILL Winston S. (1950.)
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Maps and plans to the text. First US edition. 8vo., cloth, dust jacket. Cambridge. Houghton Mifflin.
The third volume of Churchill's History of the Second World War. A presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper 'To Davina from Winston 1950'. Davina is Lady Davidema Lytton, the daughter of the Earl of Lytton and Churchill's first great love Pamela Plowden. Lady Lytton's second husband, 'Monty' Woodhouse, was a Tory MP who served most of the second world war as an SOE agent in Greece, with considerable daring and success. They met at the home of Anthony Eden, who many people thought would marry Davina, but she married Woodhouse instead. In his biography of Eden D.R.Thorpe said 'Davina's vivacious intelligence and beauty left its mark on all who met her'.
Dust jacket nicked and rubbed on the edges, torn with some loss to the head and tail of the spine.
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