WHILE ENGLAND SLEPT
-First American Edition in Dust Jacket-
First American Edition
G.P. Putnam’s Sons [NY]
Biblio: (Cohen A 107.2.a) (Woods A44b)
8vo (466 pages)
Hardcover (with Dust Jacket) [Blue cloth]
Item Number: 209897
Arms and the Covenant captures Churchill’s initial alarms against Hitler and the Nazis in forty-one prophetic pre-war speeches delivered from 1936-1938, edited by his son Randolph. Published in the U.S. under the title While England Slept, the book, according to FDR, sat on his White House nightstand in 1938.
This is a very good copy of the First American edition in the dramatic dust jacket, which is unclipped, bright and clean on the front and rear faces but faded somewhat along the spine. There is a 1/2-inch sliver of loss at the upper corner of the front face and a nick on the spine, with edge-chpping at the head and tail of the spine, else fine. The book is immaculate, the cloth and binding fresh, crisp and tight. The red top stain has faded. The contents are fine and unfoxed; the pages age-mellowed to a shade of off-white, as is common for this book, with some toning to the endpapers. There are numerals lightly stamped on the rear free endpaper that appear to be from the publisher. There is also a barely visible, faint, front hinge break that does not impact the binding.
Overall, a very handsome and stable copy.