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Map of Churchill's Wartime Journeys

SKU: 9608
£200.00

Title:
Map of Churchill's Wartime Journeys

Date of publication:
1947 [i.e. 1956]

Publisher(s):

  • George Philip & Son Ltd
  • Colour:
    original

    Mapmaker(s):

  • Lieutenant Commander Frank Albert de Vine Hunt
  • Frank de Vine Hunt was a member of Churchill’s Map Room staff in the Upper War Room at the Admiralty during the war. In June 1947, while Churchill was in hospital, Hunt prepared a ‘legend’ to ‘serve as a ready reference when Churchill began once more to write his memoirs’ (Martin Gilbert, Never Despair 2015). It was swiftly worked up for commercial publication by Philip’s in association with Lady Rhondda’s fascinating (and heavily subsidised) periodical ‘Time & Tide’, repeating the successful collaboration behind MacDonald Gill’s pictorial map of the Atlantic Charter (which was then being revised as a map of the United Nations).

    It was advertised for sale in November 1947 at 15s and 6d, described by the Western Daily Press as ‘a novel and historic map... all royalties go to ‘Little Canada’, a hill-top village scheme for children’. The Yorkshire Post remarked that ‘it portrays an aspect of the ex-Premier’s greatness which is not, perhaps, sufficiently widely recognised, and is a tribute to the personal courage which impelled him to disregard all hazards and hardships in his determination to achieve victory’.

    Fittingly, the map was reissued (as here) in 1956, to accompany the Reprint Society edition of Churchill’s wartime memoirs – the work for which it had originally been created. The map tracks the 19 overseas journeys Churchill made during the war, many with far reaching consequences, including the Washington Conferences (where Churchill addressed joint sessions of the US Senate and House of Representatives), the Atlantic Charter meeting, the visit to the Normandy beachhead and the conferences at Tehran, Yalta and  Potsdam. At the foot of the map are vignettes of the ships and aircraft involved.

    Condition & Materials 

    Folding map, 91 x 117 cm, printed in colours, blank verso, folding into printed pictorial slipcase, minor wear.