London: Cassell and Company, Ltd., 1945. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. This is the first edition, first printing, of the fifth of Churchill's war speeches volumes. This volume publishes his speeches made during 1944 – the year that included the D-Day Normandy landings and decisive turns in favor of the British and their Allies.
Condition is good plus in a good plus dust jacket. The blue cloth binding is square, clean, and tight with only minor shelf wear to extremities. We would grade this copy as very good or better if not for a tiny puncture near the center spine. The contents show no previous ownership marks, suffering only the spotting endemic to the edition, light and intermittent within, heavier only to the page edges. The first printing dust jacket is unclipped, retaining the original lower front flap price, complete with no appreciable loss, and bright, showing no color shift between the front face and spine. Nonetheless, the jacket shows overall soiling and spotting, a closed tear and attendant wrinkling to the lower front face, and a tiny puncture to the mid-spine corresponding to the puncture in the volume spine. The dust jacket is preserved beneath a removable, archival quality clear cover.
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, Nobel Prize winner, painter. 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." When Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953, it was partly “…for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values.”
Between 1941 and 1946, Churchill's war speeches were published in seven individual volumes. The British first editions are visually striking, but were printed on cheap wartime paper, bound in coarse cloth, and wrapped in bright, fragile dust jackets. They proved highly susceptible to spotting, soiling, fading, and wear, so the passage of time has been hard on most surviving first editions and collector-worthy, jacketed copies have become increasingly elusive.
Reference: A214.1.a, Woods/ICS A107(a.1), Langworth p.228. . Item #005100