If It Had Happened Otherwise
Lapses into Imaginary History
First edition, first printing hardback, gilt titling to spine. 24 × 15.5cm, 289pp.
A rare first edition, and a scarce piece of Churchilliana. Eleven authors give their alternative history if certain events had turned out differently. Churchill writes on "If Lee had not won the Battle of Gettysburg", and the others are: Philip Guedalla "If the Moors in Spain had Won"; G K Chesterton "If Don John of Austria had married Mary Queen of Scots"; Andre Maurois (translated by Hamish Miles), "If Louis XVI had had an atom of firmness"; Hilaire Belloc "If Drouet's cart had stuck"; H A L Fisher "If Napoleon had escaped to America"; Harold Nicolson "If Byron had become King of Greece", Milton Waldman "If Booth had missed Lincoln"; Emil Ludwig "If the Emperor Frederick had not had cancer"; J C Squire "If it had been discovered in 1930 that Bacon really did write Shakespeare"; and Fr Ronald Knox "If the General Strike had succeeded".
The cloth binding is heavily mottled (probably slightly worse than the pictures suggest) to the spine and both boards. But the contents are in very good condition. There are a few small nicks to the cloth at the boards' edges. There is some light spotted foxing to the endpapers and pastedowns, a previous owner's name to the ffep but the main body of text is in very good order. The inner binding is secure. There are also a few erased pencil marks to the rear pastedown. Due to the condition of the cloth, this copy is described a good plus reading copy.Sold