Stockholm: The Continental Book Company AB, 1942. First Swedish edition. Hardcover. This is the wartime Sweedish edition (published in English) of the second volume of Churchill's war speeches, containing 72 of Churchill's speeches, broadcasts, and messages to Parliament from November 1940 to the end of 1941. Churchill's words during this time resounded during some of the darkest and most uncertain days of the war.
During his long public life, Winston Churchill played many roles worthy of note - member of Parliament for more than half a century, soldier and war correspondent, author of scores of books, ardent social reformer, combative cold warrior, painter, Nobel Prize winner. But Churchill's preeminence as a historical figure owes most to his indispensable leadership during the Second World War, when his soaring and defiant oratory sustained his countrymen and inspired the free world. Of Churchill, Edward R. Murrow said: "He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle."
Between 1941 and 1946, Churchill's war speeches were published in seven individual volumes. In 1942, The Continental Book Company was "... founded in Sweden for the purpose of publishing English and American books in the original language for sale in as many countries on the continent of Europe as were able to take them." (Cohen, Vol I, p. 615) This is the only volume of Churchill's to be published by The Continental Book Company. It is an attractive publication, bound in quarter brown cloth over yellow-tan laid paper-covered boards, and a brown cloth corners. The Marlborough coat of arms is stamped in dark brown on the front cover.
Condition of this book approaches near fine. The binding is square and tight with only minor wear to extremities and slight spine toning. The contents are clean with no previous ownership marks. A trivial hint of spotting is confined ot the lightly dust-soiled top edge, but the fore and bottom edges remain notably clean.
Reference: Cohen A172.5, Langworth p.216. Item #004196