Item #007645 Into Battle. Winston S. Churchill.
Into Battle
Into Battle
Into Battle
Into Battle

Into Battle

London: Cassell and Company Ltd., 1941. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. This is a jacketed British first edition, first printing of the first volume of Churchill's famous war speeches, containing 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.

There were twelve printings of this edition. This is the first printing, first state, identified by Churchill bibliographer Ronald Cohen as 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 very good plus in a very good plus dust jacket. The blue binding is tight, clean, and bright, modest shelf wear confined to wrinkling at the spine ends and bumped lower corners. The contents are atypically bright for the edition; we find no spotting and the contents retain a crisp, unread feel. The sole previous ownership mark is the original "Book Society" bookplate with the original owner's name inked thereon. The first printing dust jacket is unusually bright and complete. The lower front flap is unclipped, retaining the original publisher's price, both the front panel and spine retaining vivid orange-red hue with only the slightest color shift, and trivial chip losses are confined to extremities. Scuffing and soiling are mild. 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.” Between 1941 and 1946, Churchill's war speeches were published in seven individual volumes. In this first war speeches volume the great battle of the Twentieth Century and Churchill's life begins

Reference: Cohen A142.1.a, Woods/ICS A66(a.1), Langworth p.204. Item #007645

Price: $400.00

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