Step By Step. Winston S. Churchill.
Step By Step
Step By Step
Step By Step
Step By Step

Step By Step

London: Thornton Butterworth Limited, 1939. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. This is a jacketed first edition, first printing of an important Churchill title. Churchill's last book published before the outbreak of the Second World War includes 82 newspaper articles focused on foreign affairs written by Churchill at the end of his "wilderness years" between March 1936 and May 1939. Many of them, of course, contain his warnings and predictions about Nazi Germany. Step By Step was published in June 1939. Only a few short months later, on September 1st, 1939, Germany would invade Poland. Churchill was invited to join the War Cabinet, reprising his First World War role as First Lord of the Admiralty. Less than a year after publication, in May 1940, Churchill became Prime Minister. As a measure of Churchill's prescience and ultimate vindication, upon publication, Labour leader Clement Attlee, a political opponent who would replace Churchill as Prime Minister in late July 1945, wrote to Churchill, "It must be a melancholy satisfaction to you to see how right you were." Others were even more blunt. Sir Desmond Morton, military officer, government official, and appeasement opponent, wrote to Churchill, "Many years on, historians will read this and your speeches in Arms and the Covenant. They will wonder but I doubt they will decide what devil of pride, unbelief, selfishness or sheer madness possessed the English people that they did not rise as one man" and "call on you to lead them.” This British first edition, first printing is a near fine plus copy in a good dust jacket. The green cloth binding is virtually flawless - square, clean, bright, and tight with vivid spine gilt, sharp corners, and no appreciable wear. The contents are nearly as good as the binding – clean and respectably bright for the edition with no spotting. All that prevents our grading this copy as “fine” is some dust soiling to the top edge and a neatly inked gift inscription on the front free endpaper recto: “To Dad | With very best wishes | from Dug.” The dust jacket for this edition was thin, making it particularly fragile, as well as light in color and highly susceptible to soiling. This dust jacket is unclipped, retaining the publisher’s original price on the lower front flap, and fairly clean, with only moderate spine toning. What prevents our grading this jacket as “very good” or better is some small insect holes, primarily to the rear face, as well as a small abrasion hole to the lower spine and fractional chipping at the spine ends. Please note that the beautiful volume appears entirely free of any damage, insect or otherwise. The dust jacket is protected with a removable, archival quality clear cover. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A111.1.a, Woods/ICS A45(a.1), Langworth p.197. Item #004827

Price: $500.00

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