An Address Delivered Before Members of the Congress December 26th, 1941. Winston S. Churchill.
An Address Delivered Before Members of the Congress December 26th, 1941
An Address Delivered Before Members of the Congress December 26th, 1941
An Address Delivered Before Members of the Congress December 26th, 1941
An Address Delivered Before Members of the Congress December 26th, 1941
An Address Delivered Before Members of the Congress December 26th, 1941
An Address Delivered Before Members of the Congress December 26th, 1941

An Address Delivered Before Members of the Congress December 26th, 1941

Stamford Connecticut: The Overbrook Press, 1942. Limited Edition. Hardcover. This is a superior copy of the beautiful limited edition of Churchill's famous address to Congress, which he delivered only weeks after Pearl Harbor. This copy comes with the original publisher's compliments slip laid in, printed in three lines "With the compliments of Frank Altschul | THE OVERBROOK PRESS | STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT". In the days after the Japanese attack, the United States formally entered the Second World War, marking the end of Britain's solitary stand against Hitler's Germany, which it had sustained since the fall of France. Churchill immediately decided to travel to the United States, and on December 12, 1941 he boarded the battleship Duke of York and began the 10-day trip across the Atlantic - a perilous journey at a time when German U-Boats plagued the North Atlantic. Churchill addressed the U.S. Congress on the 26th and the Canadian Parliament on the 30th. Churchill's speech to Congress was sober, resolved, and eloquently defiant, but of course also featured the sparkle of Churchillian wit, which was irrepressible even in the dark hours of the war: "I cannot help reflecting that if my father had been American and my mother British, instead of the other way around, I might have got here on my own." His speech was also an important personal introduction to the elected leaders he needed to embrace to sustain the alliance so vital to his nation. Frank Altschul (1887-1981) was one of the most successful financiers of his time, with a keen interest in books, public affairs, and philanthropy. Among many philanthropic contributions, Altschul was a co-founder and the first chairman of the Yale Library Associates, which oversees all Yale libraries and built the Beinecke Library that houses rare books, many of them gifts of Altschul. In public affairs, Altschul was a director of the English-Speaking Union, and served for many years as vice president of the Woodrow Wilson foundation and as vice president and secretary of the Council on Foreign Relations. Interested in printing since he was a boy, Altschul established Overbrook Press in what had been an abandoned pigpen on his 450-acre Connecticut estate. From such humble origins, Overbrook Press specialized in exquisitely printed and illustrated limited edition books for collectors, with a reputation among bibliophiles for fine typography and careful bookmaking. This presentation copy of Altschul's Overbrook Press limited edition is one of 1,000 copies printed and is in near fine condition. The maroon cloth binding is quite clean, with trivial hints of wear to corners and spine ends. The fragile paper label on the front cover is intact. The contents are immaculate, with no spotting or previous ownership marks. The publisher’s compliments slip is laid in at the front free endpaper. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A163.7, Woods A84(c). Item #004927

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