New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1939. First U.S. edition, first printing. Hardcover. This is a seminal Churchill book that includes 82 articles focused on foreign affairs written by Churchill between March 1936 and May 1939, many of them containing his warnings and predictions about Nazi Germany. Here is the first U.S. Edition, first printing in dust jacket. Even Churchill's opponents would vindicate his prescience. Upon publication, Labour leader Clement Attlee, a political opponent who would replace Churchill as Prime Minister in 1945, wrote to Churchill: "It must be a melancholy satisfaction to you to see how right you were." Others were even more blunt. Sir Desmond Morton, military officer, government official, and appeasement opponent, wrote to Churchill: "Many years on, historians will read this and your speeches in Arms and the Covenant. They will wonder but I doubt they will decide what devil of pride, unbelief, selfishness or sheer madness possessed the English people that they did not rise as one man" and "call on you to lead them." As a bit of irony or a poorly timed attempt at balanced perspective, the publisher used the rear flap of the U.S. edition dust jacket to advertise "In Search of Peace" by Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. Less than a year after publication, in May 1940, Churchill would replace Chamberlain as Prime Minister.
This jacketed U.S. first edition is very good in a very good dust jacket. The blue cloth binding is tight, clean, and square, with sharp corners. Exterior flaws are minimal - a small bump to the upper rear edge, two tiny closed tears to the spine head cloth, and a tiny blemish in the front cover red title banner. We find no spotting and no previous ownership marks. The book retains uniform red topstain and the untrimmed fore edge remains notably clean. The dust jacket is unclipped, still bearing the original $4.00 front flap price. Losses are modest, confined to shallow chipping at the spine ends with minor wear to the edges. The front and rear faces remain clean and bright, with minor sunning and scuffing to the jacket spine. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover.
Reference: Cohen A111.2, Woods/ICS A45(b.1). Langworth p.198. Item #002580