London: Cassell & Company Ltd., 1953. First edition, only printing. Hardcover. This is the fourth volume of Sir Winston Churchill's post-war speeches, a superior copy of the first edition, only printing in the first issue binding and dust jacket. This copy is well-suited to incorporating into a fine set of British first editions of Churchill's post war speeches.
Condition is near fine plus in a near fine dust jacket. The cloth binding is square, clean, and tight with square corners, showing only a trivial hint of shelf wear to the bottom edges. The contents are uncommonly bright and clean. We find no previous ownership marks and the sole sign of spotting is a single spot confined to the lower fore edge. The dust jacket is complete with no loss and the original price intact on the lower front flap. The jacket shows only minor wear to the extremities, which show only in the oak leaf border and along the front flap fold. The dust jacket is protected beneath a clear, removable, archival cover.
Stemming the Tide is the last volume of speeches published while Churchill was Prime Minister, containing 52 speeches delivered by Churchill from 7 February 1951 to 11 December 1952, covering the end of his period as Leader of the Opposition and his return to the Premiership after Labour's defeat in the General Election of 1951. There was just a single printing of 5,500 copies of the British first edition. Nonetheless, there are two states of this edition, this being the first state. Cassell did not bind all 5,500 sheets in 1953. In 1961 the remaining sheets were issued in a slightly different binding cloth and wrapped in a solid black dust jacket lacking the first state's decorative leaf border. Hence superior examples of the desirable first state bindings and jackets (uniform in style with the other four British post-war speech volume dust jackets) are in short supply.
Reference: Cohen A264.1, Woods/ICS A137(a.1), Langworth p.309. Item #006201