Item #007555 Stemming the Tide, Taiwanese pirated edition. Winston S. Churchill.
Stemming the Tide, Taiwanese pirated edition
Stemming the Tide, Taiwanese pirated edition
Stemming the Tide, Taiwanese pirated edition

Stemming the Tide, Taiwanese pirated edition

Taiwan: Unstated, c. 1953. Taiwanese pirated edition. Hardcover. This is the Taiwanese pirated edition of the fourth volume of Sir Winston Churchill's post-war speeches. The British first edition, only printing, was published in 1953. Sometime 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 approaches near fine in a fair dust jacket. The binding remains square, tight, and bright, with sharp corners and no appreciable wear, toning, or blemishes. The contents are bright and clean with no spotting and no previous ownership marks. We note only tiny cosmetic splits at the upper and lower extremities of the front pastedown gutter (not affecting binding integrity), one tiny stain to the top edges, and a small stain to the lower fore edges. The dust jacket suffers a toned spine, losses to the upper rear panel adjacent to the spine the lower spine, and the upper and lower edges of the front face, a few short closed tears to extremities, and two longer closed tears, respectively 3 inches (7.6 cm) and 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) to the lower rear panel. The jacket is protected beneath a clear, removable, archival cover.

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. Item #007555

Price: $175.00

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