First English Softcover Edition (Second State) "Northern Echo" Issue

By: Winston S. Churchill

Hodder & Stoughton [London]

Biblio: (Cohen A31.8?) (Woods A16ab)

16mo (152 pages)

Softcover [Yellow printed wraps]

Item Number: 206441

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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 distinct issues of the Softcover Edition that bore the promotional imprints of individual regional British newspapers. This copy of the Second State (with page 71 and a Second Appendix replacing the Index at rear) is emblazoned: “The Northern Echo Edition” (of Darlington, UK), a sixth issue not recorded by Cohen. This may well be the only surviving copy.

Given that these volumes were printed on cheap, acidic paper that deteriorated quickly, the book is in astonishingly good condition. The covers, front and rear, are intact, with some separation along the joints, one small (filled out) chip on the front face and gently turned corners. The pages are browned, as per usual. There is a former owner name discreetly ink-stamped on the front free endpaper, but the contents are otherwise fine.

Laid-in is an original advertising insert from “Northern Eco Election Publications,” listing this title and Churchill’s LIBERALISM AND THE SOCIAL PROBLEM, among others.

An extremely perishable rarity preserved here in a red full-leather clamshell box with gilt titles.