[Salesman’s Sample of the First English Edition in Dust Jacket]
Salesman’s Sample Copy of the First English Edition
Thornton Butterworth Ltd. [London]
Biblio: (Cohen A105.1.a) (Woods A43a)
8vo (335 pages, illustrated with 21 portrait photographs)
Hardcover [Blue cloth]
Item Number: 14407
This is a one-of-a-kind oddity, probably a salesman’s sample copy of the First English edition. The text is that of the First Edition, without the later added four profiles. The binding conforms to Churchill bibliographer Ronald Cohen’s description of the Times Book Club issue for the later “Revised” edition (smooth navy cloth crudely blocked GREAT CONTEM-PORARIES [hyphenated] on the spine with the author’s full name, and the publisher’s name: BUTTERWORTH at the foot of the spine), but there is no Times Book Club stamp on the rear pastedown, as called for. The dust jacket resembles that of the First English edition, but it has been trimmed to fit the shorter dimensions of this volume. The jacket is in excellent condition; a rich, bright orange, with virtually no chipping or fading.
The book itself is mint. There is not another like it.