The People's Rights. Winston S. Churchill.
The People's Rights
The People's Rights
The People's Rights
The People's Rights
The People's Rights

The People's Rights

London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1910. First edition. Paperback. This is the best copy we have offered of the first edition of this striking, scarce, and fragile early collection of Churchill's speeches - a premium copy for collectors. In 1904, Churchill quit the Conservative Party and joined the Liberals, beginning a dynamic chapter in his political career that saw him champion progressive causes and be branded a traitor to his class. In 1910, when The People's Rights was published, Winston Churchill was a powerful political force and a member of the Cabinet. From December 3-11, 1909 Churchill was on the campaign trail on behalf of the Liberals. The People's Rights is a distillation of these nine days of speeches, criticizing the House of Lords (which had rejected the Liberal Government's budget, thus precipitating the campaign) and championing Free Trade, a graduated income tax, luxury tax, and surtaxes on unearned income. Churchill's efforts were not wasted; as a result of the election, the Liberals would achieve a slim majority and passage of their budget. The People's Rights was published in an exceptionally perishable form, in bright yellow-orange paper wraps (with a halftone photo of Churchill on the cover) and printed on cheap, pulp paper. Consequently few copies survive, and wear, losses, and general deterioration is common to those copies that endure. Given the inherent fragility of the edition, this copy is in remarkably good condition - the most complete and best preserved wraps issue of the first edition that we have offered. The illustrated wraps remain complete, bright, and firmly attached, with only modest soiling. We note only fractional wear to extremities. The binding is square, with no lean and no visible signs that this copy has ever been read. The spine is likewise a stunning survivor, highly complete with only fractional loss at the spine ends. All spine print is complete and clearly legible and there is no discernible color shift between the covers and spine. The contents are toned, as inevitable with the cheap pulp paper, but both less toned and less brittle than is typical, with no dog-eared or chipped corners to the pages. We find no previous ownership marks. A touch of spotting appears confined to the half title and to the final few pages of the second Appendix at pages 149-152. The second Appendix and correct pagination at p.71 confirms that this impressive copy is the second state of the first printing. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A31.2.b, Woods/ICS A16(aa), Langworth p.97. Item #003221

Price: $6,000.00

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