Step by Step, magnificently bound in full maroon morocco by an award-winning British binder in a Sangorski & Sutcliffe style. Winston S. Churchill.
Step by Step, magnificently bound in full maroon morocco by an award-winning British binder in a Sangorski & Sutcliffe style
Step by Step, magnificently bound in full maroon morocco by an award-winning British binder in a Sangorski & Sutcliffe style
Step by Step, magnificently bound in full maroon morocco by an award-winning British binder in a Sangorski & Sutcliffe style
Step by Step, magnificently bound in full maroon morocco by an award-winning British binder in a Sangorski & Sutcliffe style
Step by Step, magnificently bound in full maroon morocco by an award-winning British binder in a Sangorski & Sutcliffe style

Step by Step, magnificently bound in full maroon morocco by an award-winning British binder in a Sangorski & Sutcliffe style

London: Thornton Butterworth Limited, 1939. First edition, first printing. Leather_bound. This is a magnificently bound first edition, first printing of an important Churchill title - his last book published before the outbreak of the Second World War. The full maroon morocco binding was executed in the style of Sangorski & Sutcliffe by award-winning British binder Andrew Sims. The binding features decorated, raised spine bands bracketed by gilt rules, gilt lion rampant device in each un-printed compartment, Churchill’s gilt facsimile signature on the front cover, gilt-ruled borders and edges, and gilt-tooled turn-ins framing fine endpapers. The contents feature all gilt edges with hand-sewn silk head and foot bands. Condition of the sumptuous binding is flawless, as new. The contents are well-suited to the binding, clean with no appreciable spotting and no previous ownership marks. Step By Step includes 82 newspaper articles focused on foreign affairs written by Churchill between March 1936 and May 1939 at the end of his "wilderness years". Many of them, of course, contain his warnings and predictions about Nazi Germany. Step By Step was published in June 1939. Only a few short months later, on the first day of September 1939, Germany invaded Poland. Churchill had spent the better part of a decade politically isolated, frequently at odds with both his party and prevailing public sentiment. Now he was invited to join the War Cabinet, reprising his First World War role as First Lord of the Admiralty. Less than a year after Step By Step was published, in May 1940, Churchill became Prime Minister. As a measure of Churchill's prescience and ultimate vindication, when Step by Step was published Labour leader Clement Attlee, a political opponent who would replace Churchill as Prime Minister in late July 1945, wrote to Churchill, "It must be a melancholy satisfaction to you to see how right you were." Others were even more blunt. Sir Desmond Morton, military officer, government official, and appeasement opponent, wrote to Churchill, "Many years on, historians will read this and your speeches in Arms and the Covenant. They will wonder but I doubt they will decide what devil of pride, unbelief, selfishness or sheer madness possessed the English people that they did not rise as one man" and "call on you to lead them." Reference: Cohen A111.1.a, Woods/ICS A45(a.1), Langworth p.197. Item #005961

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