London: Cassell and Company Ltd., 1941. First edition, first printing, first state. Hardcover. This is a superior, jacketed British first edition, first printing, first state of the first volume of Winston S. Churchill's famous war speeches. Into Battle contains Churchill’s speeches from May 1938, when Churchill was still out of favor and out of power, to November 1940, six months after Churchill became wartime Prime Minister.
Between 1941 and 1946, Churchill's war speeches were published in seven individual volumes. The British first editions are visually striking, but were printed on cheap “War Economy Standard” paper, bound in coarse cloth, and wrapped in bright, fragile dust jackets. They proved highly susceptible to spotting, soiling, and fading, so the passage of time has been hard on most surviving first editions. In this first war speeches volume the great battle of the twentieth century and Churchill's life begins
There were twelve printings of this edition. This first printing, first state, is confirmed by missing pagination on pages 78 and 294. The binding is a smoother blue cloth variant, which in our experience is exclusively associated with the first state of the first printing. Condition is near fine in a very good plus dust jacket. The blue cloth binding is unfaded, square, and tight, with sharp corners, bright spine gilt, and minor wrinkling to the spine ends. The contents are uncommonly bright with a crisp, unread feel, no previous ownership marks, and no spotting. The first printing dust jacket is entirely complete, with no appreciable loss and unclipped, retaining the original lower front flap price. The jacket is unusually clean, despite mild, uniform spine toning. Minor wear, tiny closed tears, and attendant wrinkling are confined to the spine ends, upper front face, and flap fold corners. The jacket is protected beneath a clear, removable, archival cover.
During his long public life, Winston Churchill played many roles worthy of note - Member of Parliament for more than half a century, soldier and war correspondent, author of scores of books, ardent social reformer, combative cold warrior, Nobel Prize winner, painter. But Churchill's preeminence as a historical figure owes most to his indispensable leadership during the Second World War, when his soaring and defiant oratory sustained his countrymen and inspired the free world. Of Churchill, Edward R. Murrow said: "He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle." When Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953, it was partly “…for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values.”
Reference: Cohen A142.1.a, Woods/ICS A66(a.1), Langworth p.204. Item #007505