A ROVING COMMISSION: My Early Life
-First American Edition in Dust Jacket-
First American Edition
Charles Scribners Sons [New York]
Biblio: (Cohen A91.2.a)(Woods A37b)
16mo (378 pages, photo frontis, maps, illustrated. With Scribner “A” on copyright page.)
Hardcover (with Dust Jacket) [Red cloth]
Item Number: 14267
My Early Life is the only volume of personal memoirs that Churchill ever wrote. It is, arguably, his most entertaining book and an excellent entry point into his writing; a vivacious memoir of youth and wayward school boyhood. Published in the U.S. under the title A Roving Commission, the book has been endlessly re-issued in a variety of editions. True first editions, however, remain quite rare.
This is a very good copy of the First American edition, in the very rare dust jacket, which is unclipped, intact and uniquely unfaded. The jacket does exhibit faint rubs and scuffs to the spine and a wrinkled closed tear at the front right corner. It is quite impressive nonetheless. The fade-prone cloth is similarly unfaded, with bright type. The contents are unfoxed and fine, save for a vintage ink gift inscription on the front free endpaper. Rare thus.