Thoughts and Adventures. Winston S. Churchill.
Thoughts and Adventures
Thoughts and Adventures
Thoughts and Adventures
Thoughts and Adventures
Thoughts and Adventures
Thoughts and Adventures

Thoughts and Adventures

London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., 1942. Macmillan issue, first printing. Hardcover. This is a wartime reprint of Winston Churchill’s collection of 23 engaging essays on an incredibly wide variety of subjects. Thoughts and Adventures has been called "The broadest range of Churchill's thought between two hard covers" and reflects the two qualities that so characterize Churchill's life - a remarkable breadth of both mind and life experience.

Thoughts and Adventures was first published in 1932 by Thornton Butterworth Limited. This was at the beginning of a decade the author spent out of power and out of favor, frequently at odds with both his Government and prevailing public sentiment. But in 1940 Churchill became wartime Prime Minister. And also in 1940, Thornton Butterworth went under and a different publisher, Macmillan, acquired the rights to several of Churchill’s books. Hence this 1942 reprint by Macmillan using the original first edition plates.

This Macmillan issue was a simple but handsome production, in dark blue cloth with gilt spine print. There were ultimately three Macmillan printings, two in 1942 and one in 1943. This is the first, published in March 1942.

Condition is only fair in a good plus dust jacket. The blue cloth binding is square and tight, but regrettably considerably and quite unattractively mottled on both covers. The contents are respectably bright. The sole previous ownership mark – a brief gift inscription on the upper front free endpaper recto – is contemporary, dated “1943.” Spotting is modest, primarily confined to the page edges. Differential toning to the endpapers corresponding to the dust jacket flaps confirms that this copy has, despite the unsightly boards, spent life jacketed. The dust jacket is substantially complete, unclipped, with shallow loss confined to the flap fold corners and spine head. The jacket shows overall soiling and modest spine toning, the red spine title print still bright and clearly legible. The dust jacket is protected beneath a removable, clear, archival cover.

An original blurb for Thoughts and Adventures encapsulates – as far as is possible – the wide range of the chapters within: “These true stories concern such things as the tides that make a politician change his mind; the domination of chance in human lives; the cartoonists who mocked Churchill; the chances and events that occurred while he was in the trenches; phases of the war seen from intimate participation with the high commands; flying experiences in 1912; the Irish; the future; and contemporary change." In a 31 May 1932 letter to his publisher about the book, Churchill characterized it thus: "...although there is no one single theme, it has some of the best things in it I have ever written."

Reference: Cohen A95.4.a, Woods/ICS A39(c.3), Langworth p.160. Item #006975

Price: $60.00

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