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-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: 8524

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 a very good First English edition copy overall. The spine has faded with age and there are two faint scratches to the rear board as well as some crunching to the upper corners. The front and rear free endpapers and pastedowns are lightly foxed and toned, and there is a discreet ink gift inscription on the front pastedown dated “1910.” The contents are otherwise fine and unfoxed.