This Item Has Been Sold


-First English Editions of this Rare Trilogy-


First English Editions

By: Winston S. Churchill and David Lloyd George

Hodder & Stoughton [London]

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

16mo (152 pages, 161 pages & 196 pages, respectively)

Softcover [Printed wraps]

Item Number: 10425

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.


THE PEOPLE’S RIGHTS was actually part of a trilogy of Liberal Party campaign treatises, along with THE PEOPLE’S BUDGET and THE PEOPLE’S INSURANCE (published in 1911), both authored by Churchill’s running mate, David Lloyd George. All three were published in virtually identical softcover formats by Hodder & Stoughton, printed on cheap, acidic paper that deteriorated quickly, and all three are today rarely seen. Here is a complete set in generally very good, if typically weathered, condition.

THE PEOPLE’S RIGHTS edition is the First English/First State with the misnumbered page 71 (numbered I) and the Appendix and Index at rear. Its front cover is missing a strip of varying width less than one inch across the top and the lower portion has detached from the spine, with fractional corner loss at the bottom right. The rear cover has loss of 1 1/4-inches at the lower right corner and a one-inch-long strip of loss across the entire left side. An advertisement on the rear cover for THE PEOPLE’S BUDGET (as well as an advertisement on the rear cover of THE PEOPLE’S BUDGET for the Second Edition of Churchill’s LIBERALISM AND THE SOCIAL PROBLEM) are both intact. The rear cover and spine of THE PEOPLE’S INSURANCE is gone. The pages of all three volumes are browned and some are chipped, as per usual, but this is an extraordinarily unique assemblage of three extremely perishable rarities.

NOTE: The bias cut of the upper front covers makes them appear to have been unevenly trimmed across their tops. This, however, is how these books were originally issued.