San Francisco: Ransohoffs (printed by Grabhorn Press), 1941. First edition, only printing. Hardcover. This unusual and obscure wartime compilation of Churchill's speeches is unknown to many Churchill collectors. It contains six of Churchill's speeches from 1940-1941. This is the first collected appearance of the broadcast addresses of 23 December 1940, 27 April 1941, and 3 May 1941 and may be the first volume appearance of the 24 August 1941 broadcast address. It was published by Ransohoffs, a San Francisco department store, and printed by Grabhorn Press in a limited edition of 250 copies. As such, it is quite scarce. Moreover, it is a large and striking production, measuring 15.75 x 10.75 inches. It is bound in blue cloth covered boards with a quarter linen spine and a leather spine label stamped in gilt. The contents are printed on lavish, handmade paper in three colors.
Regrettably, this handsome edition proved quite fragile. The linen and cloth binding is easily scuffed, soiled, and worn, the leather spine label is delicate, and the contents often show spotting, with copies frequently split at the endpapers. This copy approaches near fine condition. The binding is distinctly superior to most, with sharp corners, unusually clean linen spine, intact leather spine label, and only modest scuffing to the blue cloth boards. Moreover, the binding remains fully intact, with none of the usual cracking at the endpapers. The contents are bright apart a little age-toning to the untrimmed page edges, and we find no spotting or previous ownership marks. The only minor detraction is faint moisture staining, confined to the upper blank endsheets, adjacent to the gutters. The binding is protected with a removable, clear mylar cover. Please anticipate additional shipping charge for this very large book.
Reference: Cohen A157, Woods D(a)8, Langworth p.244. Item #003207