Arms and the Covenant. Winston S. Churchill.
Arms and the Covenant
Arms and the Covenant
Arms and the Covenant

Arms and the Covenant

London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd, 1938. First Edition, only printing. Hardcover. This book is the precursor to Churchill’s great war speeches, the first edition, only printing. Here is a good copy, sound but with aesthetic flaws and priced accordingly. The blue cloth binding is square and tight with sharp corners and only minor wear. The spine is sunned, as usual, as are the perimeter of the boards and there are minor blemishes to the binding. The contents have a crisp feel but are age-toned with spotting to endpapers, first and final leaves, and page edges. The sole previous ownership mark is an illustrated bookplate bearing no name affixed to the upper front free endpaper recto. The blue-stained top edge is sunned and dust soiled. Despite aesthetic defects, a sound first edition copy. This book has been called "…the permanent record of one man’s unceasing struggle in the face of resentment, apathy, and complacency" and "probably the most crucial volume of speeches that he ever published." (Frederick Woods). The book contains text from 41 Churchill speeches spanning 25 October 1928 to 24 March 1938. These criticize British foreign policy and warn prophetically of the coming danger. The world remembers the resolute war leader to whom the British turned, but it is easy to overlook the years leading up to the war which Churchill spent persistent, eloquent, and largely unheeded. The speeches were compiled by Churchill's son, Randolph, who contributed a preface and is credited with compilation. Randolph would do the same for his father's first volume of war speeches, Into Battle, published in an almost unrecognizable, wartime world less than three years later. The “Covenant” in the title of Arms and the Covenant refers to the League of Nations Covenant, the instrument that was to maintain peace in the wake of the First World War. As testimony to the book's importance, a copy of the U.S. edition lay on "President Roosevelt's bedside table, with key passages, including an analysis of the president's peace initiative, underscored" (Manchester, The Last Lion, Volume II, p.305). The British first edition saw only a single printing of 5,000 copies published on 24 June 1938. Reference: Cohen A107.1. Woods/ICS A44(a), Langworth p.191. Item #006005

Price: $90.00

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