-First English Softcover Edition (First State) the Rare “Liverpool Post” Edition-


First English Softcover Edition (First State)

By: Winston S. Churchill

Hodder & Stoughton [London]

Biblio: (Cohen A31.7) (Woods A16aa)

16mo (152 pages)

Softcover [Yellow printed wraps]

Item Number: 206201

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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.


Bibliographer Ronald Cohen notes five issues of THE PEOPLE’S RIGHTS in First Edition that bore the promotional imprints of regional British newspapers on their soft covers. This is the rare “Liverpool Post” issue. It is the First State of the First English edition with the misnumbered page 71 (numbered I) and the Appendix and Index at rear.

The book is in unusually healthy condition, given that these volumes were printed on cheap, acidic paper that deteriorated quickly. The covers, front and rear, and the spine are intact, with infinitesimal loss at the spine tail. The covers have darkened with age and appear faintly dampstained. The word “excuse” appears inked but somewhat washed away on the front cover. The upper right corner edge of the front cover has been lost. The rear cover is creased but whole. The pages are browned, as per usual, but the contents are otherwise quite fine.

The book is preserved in a handsome blue cloth solander with leather frontis label.