MY EARLY LIFE: A Roving Commission
-First English Edition-
First English Edition (First State/Second Binding)
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: 202625
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 is in exceptionally fresh condition, the cloth retaining its pink luster on the front and rear faces. The notoriously fade-prone spine is significantly less faded than usual and in robust, well-rounded health. The binding is crisp, the corners are sharp and the contents are fine and unfoxed, with a miniscule bookshop ink stamp on the lower edge of the front free endpaper.
A truly beautiful copy overall.