Liberalism and the Social Problem. Winston S. Churchill.
Liberalism and the Social Problem
Liberalism and the Social Problem
Liberalism and the Social Problem

Liberalism and the Social Problem

London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1909. First edition, second and final printing. Hardcover. This is the first edition, second and final printing of Churchill's third book of speeches (following Mr. Brodrick's Army and For Free Trade). Liberalism and the Social Problem dates from Churchill's period as an ardent reformer and a dynamic young political force in the Liberal Party. The British first edition is bound in a deep red cloth stamped in gilt on the spine and bearing Churchill's gilt-stamped facsimile signature on the front cover. The binding is attractive, but proved fragile, the smooth, thin cloth susceptible to wear and the spine quite susceptible to toning and dulling.

The second printing was issued the same year as the first and is identical to the first printing, apart from the (erroneous) words "Second Edition" on the title page and a small correction to page 277.

Condition of this copy approaches very good. The dark red cloth binding is square and tight with bright gilt on both the spine and front cover. Shelf presentation is quite respectable, the red only very slightly and uniformly toned. The binding shows light shelf wear to corners and spine ends, the lower corners with small bumps. The only soiling is a small instance on the upper right rear cover. The contents are notably clean. The sole previous ownership mark is a tiny bookseller sticker affixed to the lower rear pastedown. Trivial spotting appears confined to the page edges, which also show a little shelf dust and mild age-toning.

In 1904, Churchill quit the Conservative Party and joined the Liberals, beginning a dynamic chapter in his political career that saw him champion progressive causes and be branded a traitor to his class. In 1909, when Liberalism and the Social Problem was published, Churchill, in his mid-30s, had just been promoted to a Cabinet position. His 21 speeches in this volume address a broad range of social issues still topical today, with the young Churchill trying to chart a progressive course between reactionary conservatism and radical socialism. This was a balance the Liberal Party ultimately failed to sustain; Churchill would remain a member of the Liberal Party until their ruinous electoral defeat in the 1922 General Election. Churchill rejoined the Conservatives in 1924.

Reference: Cohen A29.1.b, Woods/ICS A15(b), Langworth p.92. Item #007053

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