Canberra: The Department of Information, 1940. First edition, only printing. Pamphlet. This item is from the personal collection of Churchill's bibliographer, Ronald I. Cohen. This is the first Australian edition of one of Churchill's most famous speeches. Churchill's speech to Parliament of August 20th, 1940 was occasioned by the Battle of Britain and famously honored the RAF pilots who almost single-handedly prevented Nazi invasion of England. Churchill encapsulated and immortalized the struggle when he uttered the words: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
The Australian edition of this speech measures 9 x 5.625 inches (22.6 x 14.3 cm) and consists of eight wire-stitched pages printed on fragile newsprint, an exponentially more perishable medium than the thick paper and stiff wraps of the far more common British edition. This copy is in very good minus condition. The copy is crisp and complete with sharp corners. Both original binding staples are intact and uncorroded. Despite a faint diagonal fold in the center, it is clear that this copy has clearly been stored flat for most of its life. The wraps show spotting, there is a short closed tear to the upper rear cover adjacent to the binding staple, and there are three tiny punctures along the blank fore edge margin of the second leaf.
Reference: Cohen A131.3. Item #004856