London: Cassell & Company Ltd., 1953. First edition, only printing. Hardcover. This is the Taiwanese pirated edition of the fourth volume of Sir Winston Churchill's post-war speeches. 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.
The British first edition, only printing, was published in 1953. Some time thereafter a Taiwanese pirated edition was produced. This edition is undated, but offprinted from the British first edition. There were pirated editions of several Churchill works. All are scarce, particularly in the original dust jackets.
This pirated edition of Stemming the Tide is smaller in stature than the British first edition and printed on thinner paper. The volume measures 7.5 x 5.25 inches (19 x 13.3 cm) and is bound in dark red cloth, lettered in silver on the spine. The dust jacket is in a similar style to that of the British first, but in dark red instead of black. Perhaps understandably given its illicit origins, the volume features no printing information.
This copy is very good plus in a good dust jacket. The binding remains square, tight, and bright, with only a few instances of soiling and minor wear to extremities, including small bumps to the lower corners. The contents are clean, a little age-toned at the edges but with only a trace amount of spotting. The sole previous ownership mark is a pasted piece of lined paper on the final free endpaper verso, evidently placed there by a bookseller as it features a price in pencil. The endpapers show differential toning corresponding to the dust jacket flaps, corroborating what the bright binding already testifies – that this copy has spent life jacketed. The jacket is lightly soiled and edge worn, with fractional chipping along the top edge, the worst being shallow losses at the spine head. The spine is toned, though the white print remains legible. The jacket is protected beneath a clear, removable, archival cover.
Reference: Cohen A264.1, Woods/ICS A137(a.1), Langworth p.309. Item #006823