-First Keystone Library Edition in Dust Jacket-


First Keystone Library Edition (First Binding State)

By: Winston S. Churchill

Thornton Butterworth Ltd. [London]

Biblio: (Cohen 95.3.a) (Woods A39ab)

8vo (320 pages, illustrated, including frontis photo )

Hardcover (with Dust Jacket) [Green cloth]

Item Number: 210506


Collector's Guide

Thoughts and Adventures is a terrific anthology of Churchill essays and magazine articles from the 1920s and early 1930s on a wide variety of subjects, including, especially, his much-loved essay “Painting as a Pastime.” It was issued in the U.S. under the title Amid These Storms.


A very good copy of the first binding state of the First Keystone Library edition, in the rare dust jacket, which is virtually pristine, dimmed ever so faintly along the spine and jacket edges only, else fine. The green cloth is fresh, the gilt spine titles are very slightly faded, the binding is crisp and tight. There is the shadow of an erased former-owner name in ink visible on the front pastedown and again on the front free endpape, plus an ink gift inscription on the verso of the frontis photo. The fore-edges have some very light, very scattered foxing. The contents are fine.

The Keystone Library was Thornton Butterworth’s budget imprint that reproduced First Edition-quality books at affordable prices shortly following publication. According to the Cohen bibliography, there were three binding states of the First Keystone Library edition. This first state is bound in dark greyish-green cloth with the front cover lettering blind-stamped, rather than gilt-stamped.