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[First English Edition Presentation Copy]


By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First English Edition [1 of 3,537 copies]
Biblio: (Cohen A29.1.a) (Woods A15a)
Date: 1909
Published: Hodder & Stoughton [London]
Size (Details): 8vo (438 pages)
Binding: Hardcover [Deep red cloth]
Volumes: x18 19

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 206434



Churchill's first widely-published hardcover collection of political speeches, expressing "radical" liberal views that were quite advanced for his time, prefiguring the modern welfare state that Churchill and David Lloyd George would set in motion. Though the burgundy clothbound English edition was handsomely produced, with Churchill's signature in gilt across the front board, the American edition, similarly bound but without the gilt signature, is rarer. Increasingly scarce in either edition.

Description: This very good First English edition copy bears the publisher's debossed "PRESENTATION COPY" blindstamp on the title page. The spine has faded significantly but the covers remain bright, with some uneven fading along the upper front face. The front and rear free endpapers and pastedowns are toned and there is an elaborate vintage armorial bookplate on the front pastedown. Most significantly, young Churchill's author photograph from the extravagantly rare original dust jacket has been tipped-onto the rear pastedown.

The contents are fine with light, scattered foxing to the prelims and fore-edges.

A charismatic and utterly singular copy.

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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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