-First English Softcover Edition (Second State)-


First English Softcover Edition (Second State)

By: Winston S. Churchill

Hodder & Stoughton [London]

Biblio: (Cohen A31.2.b) (Woods A16ab)

16mo (152 pages)

Softcover [Yellow printed wraps]

Item Number: 14417


Collector's Guide

The People’s Rights collects six Churchill speeches from the 1910 General Election rebuking the Tories for their rejection of “The People’s Budget.” Originally published in simultaneous hard and softcover editions, the book is now rarely encountered in either format. In fact, this is probably the third rarest Churchill book after Mr. Brodrick’s Army and For Free Trade. It was reprinted twice in the 1970s, though even these reprints are scarce today.


This is a good copy of the Second State of the First English edition (per Cohen), with page 71 numbered correctly and a Second Appendix replacing the Index at rear. These softcover volumes were printed on cheap, acidic paper that deteriorated quickly, and this copy reflects that. The covers, front and rear, are intact, with virtually no losses, but the spine has lost about one-quarter of its length at the tail, and appears to have been reglued. The covers have also been heavily penciled over in places on both faces. The pages are browned, as per usual, with fractional losses. An extremely perishable rarity in any condition.