-Signed First Keystone Library Edition in Dust Jacket-


First Keystone Library Edition

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: 8329


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.


This very good copy of the First Keystone Library edition in the rare dust jacket, is signed and dated in ink on the front free endpaper: “Inscribed by Winston S. Churchill Feb. 1934.” The inscription and date are a bit blotty due to a fussy pen nib but the signature is clear and sharp.

The dust jacket is in wonderfully fresh condition but has been price-clipped, with the lower front panel and lower spine each neatly shorn of their Pound Sterling prices. This was the practice of the publisher for copies exported to Canada and Australia, resulting in three small triangular gashes in this beautifully printed jacket, as well as a removed price-sticker shadow.

The book itself is in very good condition, with cloth that has faded a bit and some circular staining to the front board . The binding is crisp and strong and the contents are fine and unfoxed.

An interesting signed copy. The Keystone Library was publisher Thornton Butterworth’s popular budget-priced series, which, within a year of initial publication, virtually replicated First Editions at discount prices.