New Delhi, India: Services Francais d'Information, 1942. First edition. Hardcover. This striking and rare Churchill speech pamphlet was published in India during the Second World War. There were two editions, one in English and one bilingual in both French and English. Both editions are quite elusive. This is the English language edition.
The pamphlet is bound in thin card wraps. The front cover features double vertical stripes in blue and red, within which is a cross of Lorraine (adopted as a wartime symbol of the French Resistance) below which is a quote about Churchill's importance to the Franco-British Entente and a quote by Churchill. The rear cover features the same vertical stripes in blue and red as well as crossed French and British Flags and olive branches. The pamphlet is 30 pages in length, measures 8.375 x 5.625 inches (21.27 x 14.29 cm), and is wire stitched. Included are excerpts of varying lengths from Churchill's addresses or speeches of: 9 May and 5 October 1938, 19 May and 3 September 1939; 19 May, 17 June (complete broadcast), 18 June, 25 June, 4 July, 14 July, 20 August, 8 October, and 21 October 1940; 9 April, 14 July (entire message to General de Gaulle), 15 July, 9 September, 10 November, and 30 December 1941; 10 May (broadcast) , 10 November, and 29 November (broadcast) 1942. The contents include two black and white illustrations, including a photo of Churchill. The cover versos each feature a list - in French - of wartime brochures offered by the publisher, who appear to have issued material of interest to French forces, citizens, and speakers, mainly in French, about the progress of the war.
Condition is near-fine given the age, fragility, and Indian origin of the pamphlet. The covers are firmly attached and entirely intact with no tears or losses. Trivial wear at extremities, mild toning, and very light soiling are the only exterior flaws. The original single binding staple remains tight with only light surface corrosion. Interestingly and testifying to the pamphlet's wartime Indian origin, the lower rear cover bears Indian postal stamps in black ink, one circular and no longer quite distinguishable, the second square and reading in three lines: "D.L.O / BOMBAY / 16 OCT. 44". The contents remain clean and bright with no spotting or previous ownership marks. The pamphlet is protected in a clear, removable, archival quality sleeve.
Reference: Cohen A176.1. Item #006430