A Speech by The Prime Minister The Right Honourable Winston Churchill in the House of Commons August 20th, 1940. Winston S. Churchill.
A Speech by The Prime Minister The Right Honourable Winston Churchill in the House of Commons August 20th, 1940
A Speech by The Prime Minister The Right Honourable Winston Churchill in the House of Commons August 20th, 1940
A Speech by The Prime Minister The Right Honourable Winston Churchill in the House of Commons August 20th, 1940
A Speech by The Prime Minister The Right Honourable Winston Churchill in the House of Commons August 20th, 1940
A Speech by The Prime Minister The Right Honourable Winston Churchill in the House of Commons August 20th, 1940
A Speech by The Prime Minister The Right Honourable Winston Churchill in the House of Commons August 20th, 1940

A Speech by The Prime Minister The Right Honourable Winston Churchill in the House of Commons August 20th, 1940

London: His Majesty's Stationery Office (H.M.S.O.), The Baynard Press, 1940. First edition. Pamphlet. This is an unusually clean, bright, and well-preserved first 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. Printed deep red on light gray paper wraps and wire stitched, this speech pamphlet measures 9.75 inches x 6 inches and is 16 pages in length. Prices of this edition have soared in recent years. Given the fragility of the edition, most copies understandably suffer from significant wear, soiling, tanning, and spotting. Here is a very good plus copy, uncommonly bright and clean. The gray wraps are bright, complete, and firmly attached. Both original binding staples are not only intact and secure, but uncorroded, with no apparent rust. The contents are likewise uncommonly bright and clean with no spotting or previous ownership marks. What prevents our grading this copy as near fine plus is two old sellotape stains on the inside rear cover – one vertical extending from the top edge, one horizontal along the bottom edge. Almost certainly, the tape secured a previous, non-archival cover that protected this lovely copy – but ironically stained it in the process. The tape is long gone, leaving only the stains. Both stains have permeated the paper and consequently show through very faintly on the rear cover. Nonetheless, this is an exceptionally clean copy. It is protected beneath clear, removable, archival mylar (with no tape!) and housed within a mustard-colored leather slipcase that is lightly worn and soiled. In his speech, 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." Of Churchill, Edward R. Murrow said: "He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle." This speech, from the early and fraught months of Churchill’s wartime premiership, typifies the soaring and defiant oratory that sustained his countrymen and inspired the free world. It also demonstrates why, when Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953, it was partly “…for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values.” The famous bibliographic reference Printing and the Mind of Man, which surveys the impact of the printed word on Western Civilization, singles out this edition of this speech. Reference: Cohen A131.1, Woods A60(a), Printing and the Mind of Man (PMM) 424. Item #005941

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