London: Conservative Central Office, 1946. First edition, only printing. Pamphlet. This postwar pamphlet from Churchill's time as Leader of the Opposition reprints his April 29, 1946 speech at Edinburgh to the Scottish Unionist Rally. Having done so much to win the war, Churchill faced frustration of his postwar plans when his wartime government fell to Labour in the General Election of July 1945. He would remain Leader of the Opposition until the General Election of October 1951, which returned the Conservative Party to Parliamentary majority and Churchill to Downing Street for his second and final Premiership at the age of 77.
This speech comes only nine months after Churchill lost the premiership to Attlee. It is a lengthy and detailed political assault on the "Doctrinaire socialism" policies of Clement Attlee's Labour Government, but of course from a place of stature that only Churchill could command: "Now at my age and with my main life-work behind me, and with the unusual measure of goodwill and kindness which I am regarded in many countries and not the least in my own, I cannot help, nor can any of you help, looking at things primarily from a national, rather than from a Party, point of view."
Churchill's speech is 13 pages printed in dark blue ink, bound in wire-stitched paper wraps. The cover features bold dark blue print and a quote excerpted from the speech. Given its inherent fragility and perishable nature, not to mention the exhortation printed on the inside front cover "When you have read this please pass it on to a friend at home or in the forces," it is in good condition. The covers are complete, show only slight soiling and toning, and remain attached with no losses and both binding staples intact. We note overall creasing and slight tearing at the lower binding staple. The contents are clean with no spotting or previous ownership marks. The pamphlet is protected in a removable mylar sleeve.
Reference: Cohen A221, Woods A111. Item #003237