A ROVING COMMISSION: The Story of My Early Life

-Second American Edition (Third Printing) in Dust Jacket-


Second American Edition (Third Printing)

By: Winston S. Churchill (With an Introduction by Dorothy Thompson)

Charles Scribners Sons [NY]

Biblio: (Cohen A91.5.c) (Woods A37c)

8vo (370 pages, illustrated)

Hardcover (with Dust Jacket) [Blue-Grey cloth]

Item Number: 206468


Collector's Guide

My Early LifeĀ 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 Third Printing of the wartime Second American Edition in an unclipped dust jacket that is in very good condition, just a bit faded along the spine. The book itself, binding, cloth and contents, are clean and bright; virtually mint, with endpapers that are toned, as per usual with this book, a dated former owner name inked on the front free endpaper, and a tiny vintage bookshop plate affixed as well. Else fine.
Produced from the First American edition plates, with a new Introduction by the legendary American journalist Dorothy Thompson.