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An Address By Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of Great Britain Delivered before members of the Congress of the United States - 19 May 1943
The Overbrook Press, Stamford Connecticut 1943 - This is a collector grade copy of the beautiful and scarce limited edition of Churchill's 19 May 1943 address to the U.S. Congress. It was produced specifically for Members of Congress by Frank Altschul, proprietor of the Overbrook Press. This was Churchill's second address to Congress, seventeen long months of war having passed in the interval since his first, just after Pearl Harbor. Churchill's address came only days after the Allies' total victory in Tunisia. Allied victory in North Africa not only removed Nazi Germany from the African continent, but also cleared the way for invasion of Sicily and opened a vital route via North Africa for Stalin to be sent promised supplies - politically important particularly given the strain placed upon Allied relations by discovery of the Katyn massacre. Churchill departed for the four-day voyage to the United States aboard the Queen Mary on 6 May. From the 11th on, Churchill was with Roosevelt in Washington and at "Shangri-La", the President's Allegheny mountains retreat, discussing, debating, and planning the course of the war. Nonetheless, Churchill took considerable time to prepare his address to Congress. Biographer Sir Martin Gilbert tells us that "Churchill spent most of May 18 preparing the speech for the United States Congress. Beginning that morning at 9:30, he dictated until 4:30 in the afternoon". According to Gilbert, "There was then further dictation from midnight until 2:30 in the morning: a total of nine and a half hours dictation." (Gilbert, Volume VII, pages 408-409) Churchill's task was to continue to reinforce common cause, unified strategy, and mutual resolve. "I do not intend to be responsible for any suggestion that the war is won or will soon be over." Churchill cautioned, invoking, for his American audience, the grim memory of the prolonged outcome of the U.S. Civil War. "No one after Gettysburg doubted which way the dread balance of war would incline. Yet far more blood was shed after the Union victory at Gettysburg than in all the fighting which went before." Churchill concluded: "By singleness of purpose, by steadfastness of conduct, by tenacity and endurance, such as we have so far displayed, by these, and only by these, can we discharge our duty to the future of the world and to the destiny of man." This beautiful limited edition of Churchill's 19 May 1943 address to Congress was limited to 600 copies, published by The Overbrook Press in September 1943. The Overbrook Press had issued a limited edition of 1000 copies of Churchill's first address to Congress. This limited edition of Churchill's second address to Congress is both more scarce and more elaborate. The binding is black paper covered boards with a deep red inset label on the front cover stamped in gilt. The binding measures a substantial 10.5 x 7.5 inches. The contents are in large type printed in red and black on thick stock. The two-page Colophon Note also includes excerpts from Churchill's 8 June 1943 address to the House of Commons upon his return from Washington. This is the first volume appearance of that speech. The Colophon states: "For the members of the Congress, facing vast new responsibilities, the speech of the Prime Minister is now reprinted at the Overbrook Press in Stamford, Connecticut / Six hundred copies - September, 1943". This copy is in near fine condition. The fragile, black paper covered binding retains sharp corners and shows only a few trivial, unobtrusive scuffs and a tiny bump to the lower spine. The red front cover label is vividly bright and clean. The contents remain clean with no spotting or previous ownership marks. We note only transfer browning to the pastedown and facing blank endsheets from the pastedown glue. The binding is protected with a clear, removable mylar protective cover. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A181.4, Woods A93(b) [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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