-First American Edition in Dust Jacket-


First American Edition

By: Winston S. Churchill

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: 210650


Collector's Guide

Arms and the Covenant captures Churchill’s initial alarms against Hitler and the Nazis in forty-one prophetic pre-war speeches delivered from 1928-1938, 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, slightly faded at the spine, with a full-length crease along the spine length. There is fractional loss across the rear upper edge of the jacket wrapping around to the spine and left corner edge of the front face.

The book is immaculate, the blue cloth and red title stamping virtually mint. The top stain has faded a bit. The contents are fine and unfoxed, though the pages are age-mellowed, as per usual with this book. There is a barely visible ink notation on the front jacket flap that has bled faintly onto the front free endpaper, and the front hinge is just beginning give. Else fine.

Most handsome, overall.