-First English Edition-


First English Edition [1 of 3,537 copies]

By: Winston S. Churchill

Hodder & Stoughton [London]

Biblio: (Cohen A29.1.a) (Woods A15a)

8vo (438 pages)

Hardcover [Deep red cloth]

Item Number: 203948


Collector's Guide

Liberalism and the Social Problem was Winston┬áChurchill’s first widely-published hardcover collection of political speeches, an expression of “radical” liberal views that were quite advanced for his time, prefiguring the modern social safety net that Churchill and David Lloyd George would soon set in motion. Though the burgundy clothbound English edition was handsomely produced, with Churchill’s signature in gilt across the front board, the American edition, similarly bound but without the gilt signature, is rarer. However, it is increasingly scarce in either edition.


This is an exceptional First English edition copy. The cloth is unfaded, including the usually fade-prone spine. The burgundy cloth is vivid, the gilt lettering is bright, the binding is crisp and tight, the corners are sharp. The spine is unfrayed and virtually unfaded. The contents are fine, with the faintest light, scattered foxing to the prelims only.

Very rarely seen thus.