New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1969. Lauren Ford. First edition. Hardcover. This interesting little book is excerpted from Churchill's A History of the English-Speaking Peoples. On 29 December 1938, Churchill wrote to his wife regarding his initial draft about this part of his history: "I have just finished writing about Joan of Arc. I think she is the winner in the whole of French history. The leading women of these days were more forceful and remarkable than the men."
Profusely illustrated, this slim volume contains 17 illustrations by the distinguished artist Lauren Ford. Though 16 of these illustrations had previously been published as black and white drawings, this is their first appearance in color. The illustration on the dust jacket front cover and frontispiece is original to this edition. This little-known edition is scarce and thus missing from many collections. Many of the copies that do come on the market are ex-library with attendant flaws, very often including library stickers or writing on the spine.
This copy is not ex-library, a truly fine example in a very good dust jacket. The white cloth binding remains immaculate and square, with sharp corners and bright gilt. The contents are likewise pristine, with no spotting or previous ownership marks. The dust jacket remains bright and unclipped, retaining the original $3.50 front flap price. We note only light soiling to the rear panel and a little wear at the spine ends and corners. The dust jacket is protected with a removable, archival quality clear cover.
Reference: Cohen A279, Woods/ICS A138(j), Langworth p.334. Item #003353