MY EARLY LIFE: A Roving Commission

-First English Edition-

1930

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

$1,500.00

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.

Description

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 cut. There is a vintage ink gift inscription hand-dated “Xmas 1930” on the front free endpaper.

Overall, a very nice example.