Blood Sweat and Tears, finely bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Winston S. Churchill.
Blood Sweat and Tears, finely bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe
Blood Sweat and Tears, finely bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe
Blood Sweat and Tears, finely bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe
Blood Sweat and Tears, finely bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe

Blood Sweat and Tears, finely bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe

New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1941. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. This is a finely bound U.S. first edition of the first volume of Churchill's famous war speeches, containing speeches spanning May 1938, as pre-war tensions were cresting and appeasement was ascendant, with Churchill still out of power and out of favor, to February 1941, just a few months before Churchill became wartime Prime Minister. This copy is finely bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe of London. The binding is half-blue morocco, evoking the publisher’s original blue cloth, over marbled paper-covered boards. Binding features include raised and gilt-tooled spine bands, extensively gilt decorated compartments, gilt rule transitions, generous leather corners, blue and gold head and foot bands, marbled endpapers matching the marbled paper boards, and gilt top edge. Condition of the binding is very good, square, tight, and clean with sharp corners. Trivial shelf wear and light, uniform spine toning does not appreciably detract from the exceptional binding. The contents are suited to the binding, clean with no spotting, no previous ownership marks, and modest toning to the otherwise clean fore and bottom edges. “BOUND BY SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE, LONDON” is stamped on the upper front free endpaper verso. This venerable firm, founded by Francis Sangorski and George Sutcliffe in 1901, became recognized as one of the leading bookbinders in London. Like Churchill himself, Sangorski & Sutcliffe endured the First World War, the Great Depression, the Second World War, and post-war austerity. Published in England as Into Battle, Blood, Sweat, and Tears this is one of the few Churchill first editions for which the U.S. edition bears a different title than the British. 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. In this first volume the great battle of the Twentieth Century and Churchill's life begins. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A142.3.a, Woods/ICS A66(b.1), Langworth p.207. Item #005668

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