The War Speeches 1940-1945. Winston S. Churchill.
The War Speeches 1940-1945
The War Speeches 1940-1945
The War Speeches 1940-1945

The War Speeches 1940-1945

London: Cassell and Company Ltd., 1946. First edition, only printing. Paperback. This is the first collected edition of Churchill's war speeches, published only as a paperback in 1946, a superior, collector-worthy copy scarce in such condition. During his long public life, Winston Churchill played many roles worthy of historical note - Member of Parliament for more than half a century, distinguished soldier and war correspondent, author of scores of books, ardent social reformer, combative cold warrior, Nobel Prize winner, painter. But Churchill's enduring preeminence owes most to his indispensible 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 1952 they would be collected and republished in three volumes. Both of these editions are well-known. Far less known is this first collected edition published in July 1946, just one year after Churchill’s Conservative Party lost the General Election and Churchill lost his wartime premiership to Clement Attlee. The book measures 8.5 x 5.5 inches, bound in pale blue paper wraps with turn-in flaps like a dust jacket, and with contents printed on cheap pulp paper. With only one softcover printing, this has proven a scarce and fragile edition. Condition of this copy is better than very good plus. The wraps binding is square and complete, with sharp corners and both covers firmly attached. The square binding and lack of telltale vertical spine creasing indicates that this copy is unread. The unclipped front flap retains the publisher’s original “5s. net” price. The pale blue color remains bright, with no color differentiation between the front cover and spine. We note trivial wear to extremities, two tiny white spots to the upper front cover, light soiling to the white rear cover, pencil price notation to the lower left corner of the front cover, and a tiny, .25 inch (.6 cm) split at the lower front hinge. The pulp paper contents are inevitably age-toned, but otherwise clean, with no previous ownership marks. A hint of spotting appears confined to the lower corner of the front free endpaper recto and the blank rear flap and facing final free endpaper verso. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A224, Woods/ICS A113, Langworth p.241. Item #004644

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