While England Slept. Winston S. Churchill.
While England Slept
While England Slept
While England Slept
While England Slept

While England Slept

New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1938. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. This is the precursor to Churchill's great war speeches, a superlative copy of the first U.S. edition, first printing in dust jacket, quite rare in such condition. The British edition was given the politically palatable title "Arms and the Covenant". The U.S. title is a bit more candid. The book contains a collection of speeches spanning the years 1928 to 1938 criticizing British foreign policy and warning prophetically of the coming danger. The world remembers the resolute war leader to whom the British entrusted their fate, but it is easy to forget the years leading up to the war which Churchill spent persistent, eloquent, and largely unheeded. Churchill bibliographer Frederick Woods called this edition "probably the most crucial volume of speeches that he ever published". As testimony to the book's importance, a copy of While England Slept lay on "President Roosevelt's bedside table, with key passages, including an analysis of the president's peace initiative, underscored." (William Manchester's The Last Lion, Volume II, p.305). This copy is a rare find thus, fine in a near fine dust jacket. The book itself is a particularly clean example. The blue cloth binding is square, clean, and tight, with sharp corners, bright silver lettering and red banners, and virtually no wear. The contents show no previous ownership marks and no spotting. The red-stained top edge remains uniformly bright. We note modest age-toning to the otherwise clean untrimmed fore edge. The dust jacket retains the original $4.00 front flap and is remarkably bright and clean, with absolutely no color loss to the spine. Shelf presentation is excellent. We note only a hint of fractional loss to the spine head and trivial wear to extremities. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A107.2.a, Woods/ICS A44(b.1). Langworth p.193. Item #003528

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