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[The Rare First American Edition]


By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First American Edition (1 of 465 copies)
Biblio: (Cohen A29.2) (Woods A15c)
Date: 1910
Published: Hodder & Stoughton [NY]
Size (Details): 8vo (438 pages)
Binding: Hardcover [Deep red cloth]

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 206448



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 is a virtually mint copy of the far rarer American issue, one of 465 copies produced. The cloth and gilt are exceptionally fresh, bright and unfaded, the binding is square and tight. There are three small scratches visible in the cloth of the front face. The contents are fine and unfoxed. Rare thus.

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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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