The Leo Amery Diaries (2 volumes)
Volume 1: 1896–1929, and Volume 2: The Empire at Bay, 1929–1945
1980 & 1988. First editions, two volumes (complete). Hardbacks in dustwrapper. Each 24 × 16cm, v1: 653pp, v2: xv + 1153pp.
The complete published diaries of Leo Amery (1873–1955), the British Conservative Party politician and journalist, noted for his interest in military preparedness, British India and the British Empire and for his opposition to appeasement. The first volume offers a record of Conservative thought, discussion and action (both in and out of office) from the late Victorian era and through the Great War, including a striking portrait of his friend and colleague, Winston Churchill in the 1920s. The second volume has much on India (Amery was Secretary of State for India during Churchill's war-time Cabinet) and of course the Second World War, and his keen support for a united Europe.
Both books are in very good condition. The dustwrapper to volume one has been neatly price-clipped but replaced with a publisher's sticker, vol 2's wrapper is sunned to the spine. Both wrappers are now within protective sleeves. The books are free from inscription and in very clean condition.