-“Sevenpenny Library” Edition in the Rare Dust Jacket-
“Sevenpenny Library” Edition
Hodder & Stoughton [London]
Biblio: (Cohen A3.6.a) (Woods A3d)
16mo (260 pages, with frontis photo)
Hardcover (with Dust Jacket) [Red cloth]
Item Number: 206426
Savrola was Winston Churchill’s first and only novel; a statement of personal and political philosophy delivered as a work of dystopian fiction about dictatorship (with an astonishing relevance to our own dire present moment in time). U.S. publication preceded the British issue by roughly ten days, rendering the American first edition the true first.
This is a very good copy of the so-called “Cheap Edition,” in the extravagantly rare (and extraordinarily striking) dust jacket. A small and rather fragile clothbound paperback-equivalent of the World War I-era, the “Sevenpenny Library” edition did not generally age well and the dust jacket is virtually never seen.
The jacket here has faded along the spine, with edge-chipping at the head and tail. There are fractional chips along the upper edge of the front face and a closed tear along the lower, but overall the jacket is impressively bright and complete. The red cloth is vibrantly fresh, if faintly faded from red to pinkish-red. The contents are fine, the pages a trifle browned, as per usual, and the prelims very lightly toned, with a vintage bookshop inkstamp on the front free endaper. Else fine.