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MY EARLY LIFE: A Roving Commission

-First English Edition-


First English Edition (First State/First 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: 208967

Collector's Guide

My Early Life 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 very good copy of the First Printing of the First English edition in the First State Binding (per Cohen) with the three-line cover title block and a half-title list of Churchill works that omits Volume I of THE WORLD CRISIS.

Bound in rough pink cloth, this copy retains a good deal of color on the front and rear faces, with a small dab of white near the lower edge of the rear board. The notoriously fade-prone spine is significantly faded but well-rounded and healthy. The binding is crisp, the contents are fine and unfoxed, with two leaves (pages 9-11) roughly separated. There is a vintage ink gift inscription hand-dated “Xmas 1930” on the front free endpaper.

Overall, a very nice example.