MY EARLY LIFE: A Roving Commission

-Wartime Printing in Dust Jacket-


First English Keystone Library Edition (Third Impression)

By: Winston S. Churchill

Thornton Butterworth Ltd. [London]

Biblio: (Cohen A91.3.d(Woods A37a)

8vo (392 pages, with photo frontispiece, maps, plans, one folding map, 16 tipped-in illustrations)

Hardcover (with Dust Jacket) [Purple cloth]

Item Number: 210667


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 virtually mint copy of the wartime Third Impression of the Keystone Library edition in an unclipped dust jacket.

The Keystone Library was publisher Thornton Butterworth’s budget imprint; it reproduced First Edition quality books at affordable prices. Bound in striking purple cloth, this copy is almost shockingly pristine, as if just published, in an equally pristine dust jacket. Yet it is, in fact, over eighty years old. A perfectly fabulous volume.