New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1930. First edition. Periodical. This is the first published appearance of Churchill's engaging speculative history essay in Scribner's Magazine, Vol. LXXXVIII, No. 6, pp.587-97. Scribner's Magazine published the 11-page article as part of a series of "What If" articles by eminent authors of the time. Churchill's article displays both the commanding grasp of history and the facility for extrapolation that made him so formidable as both a statesman and a writer.
Churchill’s interest in America's great struggle was quite serious; Churchill toured Virginia battlefields with the great Civil War historian Douglas Southall Freeman and toured Gettysburg with none other than Dwight Eisenhower. A dozen years later, as wartime British Prime Minister, Churchill would powerfully invoke the memory of the Civil War and of Gettysburg when addressing the U.S. Congress on 19 May 1943. And thirty years later, Churchill would publish a book on the subject, The American Civil War (1961), excerpted from his epic A History of the English-Speaking Peoples. Of note, this December 1930 issue of Scribner’s also features an illustrated full-page advertisement for the U.S. first edition of Churchill’s autobiography of his early life, A Roving Commission, which was published in late October by Charles Scribner’s Sons.
This copy of the original magazine appearance of Churchill's essay is in superior condition. We would grade this copy as near-fine if not for a two-inch (5 cm) abrasion to the upper front hinge. The binding is otherwise notably bright, square, and clean, with no spine sunning. The bright spine shows only faint vertical creasing. Very light wear is substantially confined to the hinges and extremities - virtually inevitable given that the covers slightly overhang the text. Soiling is trivial and does not detract from the vividly bright orange hue of the binding. The contents are clean with no previous ownership marks and no spotting. Mild age-toning is only noticeable at the untrimmed page edges.
Reference: Cohen C344, Woods C160. Churchill's essay later appeared in a 1931 Book titled If, or History Rewritten (Cohen B43, Woods B18). Later still the essay was published in The Collected Essays of Sir Winston Churchill, Vol. IV, pp. 73-84. Item #006437