Parliamentary Government and the Economic Problem, The Romanes Lecture Delivered in the Sheldonian Theatre 19 June 1930. Winston S. Churchill.
Parliamentary Government and the Economic Problem, The Romanes Lecture Delivered in the Sheldonian Theatre 19 June 1930
Parliamentary Government and the Economic Problem, The Romanes Lecture Delivered in the Sheldonian Theatre 19 June 1930
Parliamentary Government and the Economic Problem, The Romanes Lecture Delivered in the Sheldonian Theatre 19 June 1930

Parliamentary Government and the Economic Problem, The Romanes Lecture Delivered in the Sheldonian Theatre 19 June 1930

Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1930. First edition. Paperback. Here is a scarce and interesting 1930 Churchill speech pamphlet publication. The Romanes Lecture is a prestigious public lecture given annually since 1892 at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, England. The lecture series was founded by and named for Darwinian biologist George Romanes (1848-1894). The lecture can be on any subject in science, art or literature approved by the University's Vice-Chancellor, and over the years many notable figures have been invited to speak. Romanes reportedly established the lecture series with a stipulation that "the subjects of politics and religion should not be broached", but then chose Gladstone as his first lecturer.

The Romanes lecture was given by a distinctly political figure on 19 June 1930 - Winston S. Churchill, who spoke on the topic "Parliamentary Government & the Economic Problem". At the time of this lecture, Churchill had recently completed his tenure as Chancellor of the Exchequer and was about to begin a decade out of power and out of favor that would be known later as his "wilderness years."

This original pamphlet publication of his Romanes lecture is quite scarce. The pamphlet measures 9 by 6 inches (22.9 x 15.2 cm), in string-bound, gray, laid paper wraps, printed in green on the front cover. The contents are 20 pages with untrimmed fore edges bound on heavy stock with lovely deckled edges.

This copy is in good plus overall condition, certainly showing its age and inherent fragility but nonetheless substantially complete, intact, and compellingly clean within. The string-bound covers remain attached, though showing overall toning, a stray ink mark at the upper front corner, and chipping at the edges where the covers overhang the text. The contents are crisp, clean, and bright, showing no previous ownership marks, toning, or soiling. The pamphlet is protected within a clear, removable mylar sleeve.

This speech was subsequently printed in Thoughts and Adventures at pp.229-241 and in Complete Speeches, Volume V, pp.4853-4855 (excerpt only, differing substantively in content). Sheets of this booklet were included in a bound collection of 1929-1930 Romanes Lectures also published by Clarendon Press, but obviously the individual pamphlet publication is more perishable, more scarce, and more desirable.

Reference: Cohen A90, Woods A36. Item #006442

Price: $275.00

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