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[First American Edition] (Facsimile Reprint)


By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First American Edition ("Collector's Binding")
Biblio: (Cohen 10.3.a) (Woods A6c)
Date: 1977
Published: Churchilliana Co. [Sacramento, CA]
Size (Details): 8vo. (102 pages)
Binding: Hardcover [Cream and Brown cloth]

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 14238



The holy grail of Churchill book collecting, a 102-page softcover collection of six empahtic Parliamentary speeches delivered by the then-29-year-old MP opposing plans for expanding England's peacetime army. Published 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 1903, already had a long history as a publisher of pamphlets - political and otherwise. Three years hence, Humphries and Hatchard's would issue Churchill’s next speech compendium, FOR FREE TRADE in an Identical format to MR. BRODRICK, bound in unprepossing red printed wraps that did not age gracefully. The surviving handful of BRODRICK copies (as few as 20 accounted for) today constitute the stuff of collectors' dreams.

Description: This facsimile reprint, published in 1977 actually constituted the First American edition of this rare work. Here is a virtually mint copy of the "Collector's Binding," as issued, in cream and beige cloth, unjacketed, with replicas of the First English edition's red card covers bound in.

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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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