MY EARLY LIFE: A Roving Commission

-First English Edition (Second Printing) -


First English Edition (Second Printing)

By: Winston S. Churchill

Thornton Butterworth Ltd. [London]

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

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

Hardcover (without Dust Jacket) [Rough pink cloth]

Item Number: 212033


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 Second Printing of the First English edition, which was issued in the very month of publication and is identical to the first printing.
Bound in rough pink cloth this copy retains most of its original vivid pink luster on the front and rear faces, with the notoriously fade-prone spine modestly faded but not worn or frayed. The binding is square and the contents fine. There is a tiny vintage Times Book Club sticker on the rear pastedown.
A handsome example of a non-first First.