-First English Softcover Edition (First State) the Rare “Yorkshire Observer” Edition-


First English Softcover Edition (First State)

By: Winston S. Churchill

Hodder & Stoughton [London]

Biblio: (Cohen A31.2.a) (Woods A16aa)

16mo (152 pages)

Softcover [Yellow wraps]

Item Number: 206463

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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 Yorkshire Observer” issue. It is the First State with the misnumbered page 71 (numbered I) and the Appendix and Index at rear.

This example has survived well, given that these volumes were printed on cheap, acidic paper that deteriorated quickly. The covers, front and rear, and the spine are intact, with creases, a tear and fractional losses to the front cover, and a rear cover loss of approximately one-inch square at the lower left corner. The covers have darkened with age but retain good color. The pages are browned, as per usual, but the contents are otherwise quite fine, if lightly foxed on the prelims.

Preserved in a blue cloth solander with gilt-lettered-leather frontis and spine labels.