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FOR FREE TRADE [Facsimile Reprint]

A Collection of Speeches delivered at Manchester or in the House of Commons during the Fiscal controversy preceding the late General Election


By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First American Edition ("Collector's Binding")
Biblio: (Cohen A18.2.a) (Woods A9)
Date: 1977
Published: Churchilliana Co. [Sacramento, CA]
Size (Details): 8vo (136 pages [i-iv] v-ix [x-xii] xiii-xv [xvi] 1-118 [119-120])
Binding: Hardcover (without Dust Jacket) [Cream cloth]

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 14599



In tandem with MR. BRODRICK’S ARMY, FOR FREE TRADE has always been the holy grail of Churchill collecting. A small, 136-page, softcover collection of nine speeches delivered on the title subject by Winston Churchill as a 31-year-old MP for Manchester, FOR FREE TRADE was published (at 1 shilling [25c]) by Arthur L. Humphreys, General Manager of Hatchard’s, the venerable London bookshop that still very much exists at number 187 Piccadilly. Hatchard’s, in 1906, already had a long and illustrious history as a publisher of pamphlets - political and otherwise - including Winston Churchill’s earlier speech compendium, the aforementioned MR. BRODRICK’S ARMY, which Humphreys and Hatchard’s had brought out three years before. Identical in format and binding to MR. BRODRICK'S ARMY and just as precious, FOR FREE TRADE may in fact be rarer today than the infamous BRODRICK. Both books were produced in small numbers, bound in unprepossing red printed wraps that did not age gracefully. Again, the surviving handful of copies of FOR FREE TRADE (as few as 12-15 accounted for) today constitute the stuff of collectors' dreams.

Description: This is a virtually mint copy of the contemporary facsimile reprint that actually constituted the First American edition of this rare work — as issued, clothbound, without a dust jacket, in the handsome "Collector's Binding."

The text is completely reset and here bound with replicas of the First English edition's original red wrappers. The bookplate of a former owner is affixed to the front pastedown. The contents are otherwise fine.

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Bibliographic numbers (in parentheses) are from Frederick Woods' original Churchill bibliography (Woods), as emended by Richard Langworth in his Connoisseur's Guide; and from the new, greatly expanded Churchill bibliography by Ronald Cohen (Cohen).










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