New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1941. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. This is the U.S. first edition of the first volume of Churchill's famous war speeches, inscribed by the wartime prime minister’s namesake grandson. The inscription on the front free endpaper is inked in blue in three lines and is the only previous ownership mark in the book. Winston S. Churchill (1940-2010), son of Randolph S. Churchill, was born exactly five months after his grandfather became wartime prime minister, just before the victorious conclusion to the Battle of Britain. The grandson served as a Conservative Member of Parliament for 27 years. Blood, Sweat, and Tears contains speeches spanning May 1938 to February 1941.
Published in England as "Into Battle", this is one of the few Churchill first editions for which the U.S. edition bears a different title than the British. Collectors should note deceptive similarities between the true first edition and the Book-of-the-Month Club edition. The BOMC dust jacket lacks a price on the upper front flap and the binding is red cloth instead of blue. This inscribed U.S. first edition first printing is very good plus in a very good plus dust jacket and would be collector-worthy even absent the inscription. The blue cloth binding is clean, square, and tight with sharp corners, vivid silver print and red panels on the front cover and spine, and only trivial shelf wear confined to extremities, including a tiny nick to the top edge of the front cover. The contents are likewise notably clean, with no spotting and strong red topstain. Only the otherwise clean untrimmed fore edges show modest age-toning. The striking dust jacket is complete and unclipped, with the original $3.00 front flap price intact. The vivid red and blue print remains bright, even on the spine, which is only lightly toned. Incidental wear is mostly confined to extremities and light soiling appreciably affects only the spine, which nonetheless has quite good shelf presentation for the edition. The dust jacket is protected with a clear, removable, archival 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. In this first volume the great battle of the Twentieth Century and Churchill's life begins.
Reference: Cohen A142.3, Woods/ICS A66(b.1), Langworth p.207. Item #005883