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Auction #117 begins on 22 Aug 2024

General J. C. Smuts

Holism and Evolution - copy belonged to WWI flying ace Capt. Cochran-Patrick (21 victories) + handwritten Smuts dinner invitation

Published: Macmillan, London, 1927

Edition: second

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Second edition of this important work, with a handwritten letter from General Smuts to Capt. Cochran-Patrick inviting him to dinner.

Major William John Charles Kennedy-Cochran-Patrick was a WWI flying ace with 21 aerial victories.

This book was a birthday gift to him by his family. He was killed exactly 4 months later in a flying accident at Baragwanath Airport, Johannesburg, on September 25, 1933. His passenger, Sir Michael Oppenheimer, was killed too.

A near fine copy with Cochran-Patrick's bookplate to the pastedown and a gift inscription to the fep.  

The handwritten letter from Smuts reads as follows:

"Irene, Tvl. (Transvaal), 21 June, 1932.

Dear Capt. Cochran Patrick, What about next Saturday or Sunday afternoon? Either would suit us and we shall be most happy to see you and.. (illegible) C.P. on our farm. Ever yours in..(illegible)  J.C. Smuts

The verso of the letter has some writing in pencil: "Ring Mrs. Raut(en)bach 42-1658, Mrs Bird Confirm dinner Saturday". It is a cryptic note but my guess is that this is the writing of Cochran-Patrick himself scribbling a quick note to his secretary.

  • Binding Condition: Near Fine
  • Overall Condition: Near Fine
  • Size: 22 x 14cm
  • Sold By: Rare Paper
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