The Battle of Britain. The British Air Ministry.
The Battle of Britain
The Battle of Britain
The Battle of Britain

The Battle of Britain

Garden City, New York: Garden City Publishing Co., Inc. in co-operation with Doubleday, Doran & Co., Inc., 1941. First American Edition. Paperback. This is the first American edition of a wartime publication of the official British Air Ministry’s record of the Battle of Britain. As printed on the rear cover: "This is an official report of the British Air Ministry to the British people - now released to the world through the British Ministry of Information... This is the only authorized American edition... no royalty is being paid and the entire net profits of the publishers are being donated to the R.A.F. Benevolent Fund." Although copies are not particularly scarce, this is an unusually clean, bright, and well-preserved example. Condition approaches near fine. The vivid red covers are clean, complete, and unfaded, with an uncreased spine and only light wear to extremities. Prominently featured in a white banner printed blue on the lower front cover are Churchill’s words that encapsulated and immortalized the struggle: “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” The contents are likewise surprisingly clean, with no spotting and light soiling confined to the endpapers. The sole previous ownership marks are the blue ink stamp of the “Mercantile Library, New York.” on a blank lower portion of the title page, at the blank upper portion of p.1, and again at the blank lower margin following the text. “FIRST AMERICAN EDITION” is so stated on the title page. Midsummer of 1940, just months after Winston Churchill became wartime Prime Minister, found Britain fighting for survival, fending off a prolonged onslaught by the German Luftwaffe meant to be the prelude to Nazi invasion.  From 10 July to 31 October 1940 RAF pilots fought off the Luftwaffe onslaught, thereby almost single-handedly securing England. Item #005483

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