-First English Softcover Editions (First & Second States)-


First English Softcover Editions (First & Second States)

By: Winston S. Churchill

Hodder & Stoughton [London]

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

16mo (152 pages)

Softcover [Yellow printed wraps]

Item Number: 14418

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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.


Here are very good copies of the First and Second States of the First English edition (per Cohen) together in one handsome blue cloth solander with leather frontis and spine labels; the First State with the misnumbered page 71 (numbered I) and the Appendix and Index at rear; the Second State with page 71 numbered correctly and a Second Appendix replacing the Index at rear.

Given that these volumes were printed on cheap, acidic paper that deteriorated quickly, these examples are both in unusually good condition. The covers of the First State, front and rear, and the spine are entirely intact, save for infinitesimal losses at the spine head and tail. The upper right corner edge of the front cover has been reattached with archival tape. The pages are browned, some are chipped, and the corner tips of the prelims have broken off (though they are still present). The contents are otherwise quite fine.

The front cover of the Second State is missing a quarter-of-an-inch or less at the upper right corner and the rear cover has loss of one-inch square at the lower right corner. The color of the covers is unusually bright and the spines are almost entirely intact and supple. The pages are browned, but less than usual, though some are edge-chipped and frayed, with corner losses.

Two extremely perishable rarities, here in rare form. The pair are preserved in a single blue cloth solander with leather spine label.