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The First Volume of Winston Churchill’s War Speeches


First English Edition

By: Winston S. Churchill (Compiled by Randolph Churchill)

Cassell and Co. [London]

Biblio: Cohen A 142.1.b) (Woods A66a)

8vo (313 pages, 47 speeches, photo frontis)

Hardcover [Light blue cloth]

Item Number: 115

Collector's Guide

Into Battle is the first volume of Winston Churchill’s collected World War II speeches (covering May 1938-November 9, 1940). Here are many of Churchill’s most notable oratorical flourishes of the war, including “blood, toil, tears and sweat,” “their finest hour,” and “never was so much owed by so many to so few.” Churchill’s speeches were collected and published yearly throughout the war beginning with this one in 1941. Into Battle was published in the U.S. and Canada under the title: Blood, Sweat and Tears. The U.S. (and Book-of-the-Month-Club) editions added four speeches that do not appear in the English edition, those of December 19 and 23, 1940 and January 9 and February 9, 1941.


This is a very good copy of the First English edition in an unclipped dust jacket with fractional loss at the spine head wrapping around to the front face and a closed tear at the lower left corner of the front face. The contents are fine. The binding is the Second State (per Cohen).