MY EARLY LIFE: A Roving Commission

-First English Edition (Later Printing) -


First English Edition (Fourth Printing)

By: Winston S. Churchill

Thornton Butterworth Ltd. [London]

Biblio: (Cohen A91.1.f) (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: 210628


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 an extremely attractive copy of the Fourth Printing of the First English edition, which was issued in the year of publication and is identical to the first edition.

Bound in rough pink cloth, the book is in exceptionally fresh condition, the cloth retaining its vivid pink luster on the front and rear faces, with the notoriously fade-prone spine significantly faded but not worn or frayed. The binding is crisp, the corners are sharp and the contents fine, with very light foxing to the fore-edge only. There is an ink gift inscription on the front free endpaper, dated “1930” and a discreet “Times Book Club” sticker on the rear pastedown.

A fine example of a non-first First.