While England Slept. Winston S. Churchill.
While England Slept
While England Slept
While England Slept
While England Slept

While England Slept

New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1938. U.S. first edition, first printing. Hardcover. This is the precursor to Churchill's great war speeches, the U.S. first edition, first printing in the first printing dust jacket. The U.S. first edition is a handsome book, a substantial 9.5 x 6.375 inches (25.13 x 16.19 cm) bound in blue cloth with red banners on the front cover and spine lettered in silver and red topstain. This is a sound copy in good plus condition in a poor, albeit first printing, dust jacket. The blue cloth binding remains square and firmly attached to the text block, though with moderate overall scuffing and shelf wear to extremities. The contents are clean with no previous ownership marks and no spotting, though moderately age-toned and with the red stained top edge dulled. Differential toning of the endpapers corresponding to the dust jacket flaps attests that this copy has spent life jacketed. Of the first printing dust jacket, the best thing we can say is that it remains present and relatively bright. The jacket is price clipped and quite considerably worn, torn, and scuffed, with significant losses to the spine ends and upper front face. The dust jacket is now protected beneath a removable, archival quality clear cover. While England Slept contains text from 41 Churchill speeches criticizing British foreign policy, spanning 25 October 1928 to 24 March 1938. This collection has been called "…the permanent record of one man’s unceasing struggle in the face of resentment, apathy, and complacency”. The speeches were compiled by Churchill's son, Randolph, who contributed a preface and is credited with compilation. Randolph would do the same for his father's first volume of war speeches, Into Battle, published in an almost unrecognizable world less than three years later. At the time, on the eve of the Second World War, the British edition was given the politically palatable title Arms and the Covenant (and more esoterically referencing the Covenant of the League of Nations). The U.S. title – While England Slept - is a bit more blunt. The world remembers the resolute war leader to whom the British entrusted their fate, but it is easy to forget the years leading up to the war, which Churchill spent persistent, eloquent, and largely unheeded. Churchill bibliographer Frederick Woods called this edition "probably the most crucial volume of speeches that he ever published". As testimony to the book's importance, a copy of While England Slept lay on "President Roosevelt's bedside table, with key passages, including an analysis of the president's peace initiative, underscored." (William Manchester, The Last Lion, Volume II, p.305) Bibliographic reference: Cohen A107.2.a, Woods/ICS A44(b.1). Langworth p.193. Item #005667

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