MY EARLY LIFE: A Roving Commission

-First English Edition (Fourth Impression)-


First English Edition (Fourth Impression)

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: 209967


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 Fourth Impression of the First English edition, bound in rough pink cloth. The notoriously fade-prone spine is very well faded, as per usual, but the front and rear faces are pristine and bright. The binding is square and tight and the contents are fine, with scattered foxing to the fore-edges only.

A tiny vintage bookplate on the front pastedown identifies this volume as having belonged to the library at “Luton Hoo,” the country house of Sir Harold Wernher, where on June 6, 1948, 110,000 people gathered to hear and see Winston Churchill deliver an address thanking them for their support during the Second World War.

A gorgeous (and more reasonably priced) twin to the extraordinarily rare and highly prized First English edition, with a lovely added touch of provenance.