-Rare Variant First Hardcover Edition without Dust Jacket-
First English Edition (First Printing)
Thornton Butterworth Ltd. [London]
Biblio: (Cohen A92.1.b) (Woods A38)
8vo (144 pages)
Hardcover (without Dust Jacket) [Orange cloth]
Item Number: 14857
India is a slender compendium of Churchill’s speeches about Gandhi and “Our Duty in India.” It was simultaneously published in especially handsome hardcover and softcover editions, both much prized today by collectors.
This very infrequently encountered variant hardcover binding of the First Edition, lacking the dust jacket, has spine type that is printed vertically, rather than horizontally. The orange cloth has faded modestly but the black type on both the front face and the spine is bright. The binding is square and the corners sharp. The contents are clean and unfoxed, with a discreet circular ink stamp on the title page and again on Page 141 at the rear identifying this copy as originating from the “Manchester Reform Club Library.” The contents conform to the standard hardcover first edition.
Bibliographer Ronald Cohen speculates that the original binding blocks for the first hardcover edition may have been scrapped after a very brief print run but that unexpected strong sales sent the publisher back for a hurried reprint that required using the blocks for the paperback edition, which had the spine type laid out vertically. Either way, this is a terrifically rare volume in lovely condition.