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Rare Book Auction: Sir Winston Churchill

Posted on Roger Collicott's Blog

Coinciding with the recent release of the highly acclaimed film, starring Gary Oldham as Winston Churchill, 'Darkest Hour', Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are offering two lots in the Antiquarian Book Auction on 14th March written by Sir Winston Churchill.

One of the lots is the scarce and much sought after second book published by Churchill 'The River War', dated 1899 (BK19/328), which carries a pre-sale estimate of £3,000-£5,000.


 the river war by sir winston churchill (bk19/328)

The River War by Sir Winston Churchill (BK19/328)

His is an exciting factual account of Sir Winston Churchill's time in the Sudan serving under Lord Kitchener during the campaign against the Mahdi Army. The inscription reads 'To Sir James Stevenson from Winston S Churchill, Christmas 1919'. Sir James Stevenson worked as a personal adviser to Churchill.


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This article was originally published on Roger Collicott's Blog on Thu, 08 Feb 2018 11:28:41 GMT.

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Roger Collicott has an ingrained passion for books, having been bought up with a background in printing.

On leaving school, it seemed that a career in the printing trade was almost inevitable. Roger served a six year apprenticeship at the prestigious WS Cowells in Ipswich before changing careers and moving to St Ives in Cornwall, where he developed skills as a leather craftsman, exhibiting at the inaugural exhibition of the highly regarded Cornwall Crafts Association.

Roger went on to have a successful career selling his craft work all over the World. While in St Ives, he developed a keen interest in the St Ives School of Artists and befriended a number of the artists. He has built up an extensive library of reference books relating to them over the years.

Roger is also a passionate collector of maps, focussing on Cornwall, but has developed an extensive knowledge of antique maps in general.

Roger became the book consultant at our predecessor firm of Hampton & Littlewood in 2002, where he was responsible for the sale of a number of important collections, including the Ron Morris Optical Toy and Moveable Image Collection, the Janet Hill Collection of Costume and Fashion Books and the Eileen Oates Collection of Cornish Books to name a few.

Since the the formation of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood, he has helped to build one of the few dedicated specialist auction book departments in the West Country, capable of handling all printed materials, books, maps, manuscripts and early photography.

Roger Collicott now lives in the heart of Dartmoor. Moving from collecting to selling is a small step. Roger has been retailing books, maps and prints for well over thirty years, these days with a strong online presence. A keen footballer when younger, he has swapped codes and is now more often found following Exeter Chiefs on a Saturday, when not trekking across his beloved moor with his two dogs.

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