New York: The British Library of Information, 1940. First edition, only printing. Pamphlet. This is the first edition, only printing of Churchill's speech to the House of Commons reporting on wartime challenges after six months as Prime Minister. This pamphlet is one in a series of Churchill's speeches printed by the British Library of Information in New York. The British Library of Information published twenty-nine editions of statements, speeches, and broadcast addresses by Prime Minister Winston Churchill, beginning with his first speech as Prime Minister of May 13, 1940 and ending with the broadcast address of November 29, 1942. These editions were often issued within two or three days of delivery and "reveal the political determination of the British government to bring the inspiration and steadfastness of the Prime Minister and the British nation to an American nation not yet engaged in the war. Indeed, twenty-two of the BLOI speech pamphlets were published before Pearl Harbor." (Cohen, Volume I, p.513, A120)
As do most in the series, this edition bears a cover design featuring 3 vertical rules along the right side and a coat of arms at the top right. This is an eight page, wire-stitched pamphlet in paper wraps measuring 9 inches tall x 6 inches wide. Condition is near fine. This copy is extremely bright and clean but does bear small triangular creases at the upper and lower left corners. Protected in a removable, archival mylar sleeve.
Reference: A134, Woods A62. Item #000734