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MY EARLY LIFE: A Roving Commission

[Proof Copy]


By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: Proof Copy for the First English Edition
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: Softcover [Mud-Gray wraps]

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 206555



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 appears to be a Proof copy of the First English edition in card wraps that are worn but intact. There are no markings whatsoever inside or out to indicate what this volume might be but the contents are the First English edition pages of MY EARLY LIFE (slightly trimmed), including all photos, the Index and a half-title list of published Churchill works that lacks the first volume of THE WORLD CRISIS, as per First State issues of the First Edition.

According to bibliographer Ronald Cohen, Churchill sent proofs of MY EARLY LIFE "to some of his closest friends and colleagues," including T.E. Lawrence, Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin and Lord Beaverbook.

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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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