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MY EARLY LIFE: A Roving Commission

[First English Edition]


$3,500.00

By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First English Edition (First State/Second Binding)
Biblio: (Cohen A91.1.b) (Woods A37a)
Date: 1930
Published: Thornton Butterworth Ltd. [London]
Size (Details): 8vo (392 pages, with photo frontispiece, maps, plans, one folding map, 16 tipped-in illustrations)
Binding: Hardcover (without Dust Jacket) [Rough pink cloth]

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 205853

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MY EARLY LIFE

Arguably Winston Churchill's most entertaining book, a memoir of youth and wayward school boyhood - in fact, the only volume of personal memoirs that Churchill ever wrote. Published in the U.S. under the title A ROVING COMMISSION, the work has been endlessly re-issued in a variety of editions. True first editions, however, remain quite rare.

Description: This is a virtually mint First Printing of the First English edition in the Second State Binding (per Cohen) with the variant five-line title block on the cover and the cancel half-title adding the first volume of THE WORLD CRISIS that was omitted from the list of published Churchill works on First State half-titles.

Bound in rough pink cloth, this copy retains all of its glorious color, including along the notoriously fade-prone spine. The corners are sharp, the binding is crisp, 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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