MY EARLY LIFE: A Roving Commission

-First English Edition-


First English Edition (First State/Second Binding)

By: Winston S. Churchill

Thornton Butterworth Ltd. [London]

Biblio: (Cohen A91.1.b) (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: 205853


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 virtually mint First Printing of the First English edition in the Second State Binding (per Cohen) with the variant five-line title block on the cover and the cancel half-title that adds Volume I of THE WORLD CRISIS omitted from First State half-title lists of Churchill works.

Bound in rough pink cloth, this copy retains all of its glorious color, including along the notoriously fade-prone spine. The corners are sharp, the binding is crisp, the contents are fine and unfoxed.

Rare Thus.