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, 1941. 1st Edition. Hardcover. This book is the precursor to Churchill's great war speeches. The British edition was given the politically palatable title "Arms and the Covenant". The U.S. title is a bit more honest. The book contains a collection of speeches spanning the years 1928 to 1938 criticizing British foreign policy and warning prophetically of the coming danger. 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's The Last Lion, Volume II, p.305). This is a bibliographically interesting copy - the orange cloth binding variant of the first U.S. edition, fourth and final printing. The fourth printing was issued in 1941 (despite the 1938 date on the title and copyright pages). Even though this final printing was only 1,000 copies, two different variants of both the dust jacket and the binding are known. The fourth printing bindings were issued in both a smooth blue cloth identical to the first, second, and third printings and a strikingly different coarse orange cloth unique to the fourth and final printing. Fourth printings came in two dust jackets - one identical to that of the third printing and another with changes to the rear face and rear flap. Here is the rare orange cloth binding variant of the first edition, fourth and final printing in its original third-printing style dust jacket. This copy is in very good plus condition, the dust jacket in very good condition. The orange cloth binding is square, tight, and unfaded with just a few minor scuffs and trivial corner wear. The contents are bright and clean with no spotting and no previous ownership marks. Faint transfer browning corresponding to the dust jacket flaps confirms that this copy has spent its life with this dust jacket. The top edge retains uniform, strong red color. The fore and bottom edges show mild soiling and age-toning. The dust jacket is unclipped, still bearing the original $4.00 front flap price. Modest wear is confined to extremities, with shallow, 1/8 inch losses at the spine ends and three vertical scratches to the front face. The spine is only mildly sunned, retaining strong red color. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A107.2.d, Woods/ICS A44(b.4). Langworth p.193. Very good / Very good. Item #002030

Price: $395.00

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