MY EARLY LIFE: A Roving Commission

-First English Edition (Third Printing) -


First English Edition (Third Printing)

By: Winston S. Churchill

Thornton Butterworth Ltd. [London]

Biblio: (Cohen A91.1.e) (Woods A37a)

8vo (392 pages, with photo frontispiece, maps, plans, one folding map, 16 tipped-in illustrations)

Hardcover (without Dust Jacket) [Smooth pink cloth]

Item Number: 211572


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.


This is a beautiful copy of the Third Printing of the First English edition, which was issued in the year of publication and is identical to the first printing.

Bound in smooth pink cloth, this copy retains all of its original vivid pink luster on the front and rear faces, with the notoriously fade-prone spine very modestly faded and not worn or frayed. The binding is square and the contents fine. There is a former-owner name and a Dublin address in ink on the front pastedown, and the name is again inked on the Author’s Preface page. Else fine.

A handsome example, preserved in an interesting, professionally rendered, crd wrapper that appears to preserve fragments of the original dust jacket.