-First Odhams Edition-


First Odhams Press Reprint (Third Impression)

By: Winston S. Churchill

Odhams Press Ltd. [London]

Biblio: (Cohen A91.9e) (Woods A37g.3)

8vo (381 pages)

Hardcover [Red cloth]

Item Number: 13277


Collector's Guide

My Early LifeĀ is the only volume of personal memoirs that Churchill ever wrote. It is, arguably, his most entertaining book and an excellent entry point into his writing; a vivacious memoir of youth and wayward school boyhood. Published in the U.S. under the title A Roving Commission, the book has been endlessly re-issued in a variety of editions. True first editions, however, remain quite rare.


A very good copy of the Standard binding, in dust jacket. The book and contents are fine.
Odhams Press was England’s top mail order publisher. After the war, it regularly reprinted four basic Churchill titles (MY EARLY LIFE, THOUGHTS AND ADVENTURES, GREAT CONTEMPORARIES and STEP BY STEP) in two different dust jacketed binding styles: Standard (bright red cloth blocked gilt and black on the top board and spine, with unstained page edges), and Deluxe (red leatherette with black leather spine labels and page edges stained red).
A lovely way to read these works.