-First English Edition (Third Impression)-


First English Edition (Third Impression)

By: Winston S. Churchill

Thornton Butterworth Ltd. [London]

Biblio: (Cohen A105.1.d) (Woods A43a)

8vo (335 pages, illustrated with 21 portrait photographs)

Hardcover [Blue cloth]

Item Number: 18654


Collector's Guide

Great Contemporaries comprises twenty-one penetrating profiles of political and literary luminaries. An utter delight to read, beautifully written and brutally opinionated (Hitler comes off just a bit better than George Bernard Shaw), the ensuing “Revised” edition (and most future reprints) added four new profiles: Lord Fisher, Charles Stewart Parnell, Lord Baden-Powell and President Franklin D. Roosevelt.


This is a very good copy of the Third Impression of the First English edition, in an unclipped dust jacket that is in very good condition; bright and crisp. The book is virtually mint.

The only significant textural change to this impression appears in the essay on George Bernard Shaw. Where Churchill initially had quoted Shaw as dubbing “The Red Flag” (anthem of the Labour Party), “the burial march of a monkey,” Shaw, in a letter to Churchill, changed the quote for this edition to: “the funeral march of a fried eel.”

Laid-in is an original “Home University Library” bookmark mailer from the publisher, Thornton Butterworth.

Pretty cool.