-First American Edition-


First American Edition

By: Winston S. Churchill

Houghton Mifflin Company [Boston]

Biblio: (Cohen A263.2) (Woods A136b)

8vo (500 pages, 578 pages and 596 pages)

Hardcover (with Dust Jackets) [Red cloth]

Item Number: 208084


Collector's Guide

The War Speeches (“Definitive Edition”) repackaged the texts of the original seven, individually-published, wartime volumes of Churchill’s war speeches as a very handsomely produced three-volume set.  While “Definitive,” this set was not entirely complete; a handful of speeches deemed to be of “reduced significance” were omitted. Churchill favored greatly the beautiful design of this edition.


This is a very good example, in unclipped dust jackets, of the far rarer American issue of the “Definitive Edition.” Only 500 copies were produced, using sheets from the British print run.

The dust jackets here are bright and intact, with short tears and edge chipping to the front faces, and fractional losses at the the spine heads, most significantly more than an inch to Volume III. The books appear unopened, but there is dusty fading to all three spines and modest browning to the pages. The contents are otherwise fine.