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Thoughts and Adventures
London: Thornton Butterworth, Ltd., 1932. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Very good minus/Good. Here is a jacketed first edition, first printing of Churchill's collection of 23 engaging essays on an incredibly wide variety of subjects, published in 1932. It has been called "The broadest range of Churchill's thought between two hard covers" and reflects the two qualities that so characterize Churchill's life - a remarkable breadth of both mind and life experience. From the original front flap blurb: "Whether he is dealing with personal reminiscences, or telling us his views on any subject under the sun, Mr. Churchill stamps the page with his own vivid personality." The khaki cloth of this edition is notoriously prone to scuffing, wear, and soiling. Moreover, the contents proved highly susceptible to spotting. This copy is very good minus, with some pardonable defects, but with a binding notably free of the typical scuffing. The khaki cloth binding is clean and square, with sharp corners, bright gilt, nicely rounded spine, and virtually none of the usual scuffing and discoloration. There is trivial shelf wear to the bottom edge, a one inch abrasion to the cloth at the upper rear corner, a few small dents at the edges, and some barely perceptible rippling to the binding cloth on the rear cover. The contents remain bright with no previous ownership marks. We note differential toning to the endpapers consistent with the dust jacket flaps, confirming that this copy has spent its life jacketed. There is a faint damp scent at the pastedowns. Very light spotting is confined to the pastedowns and top edge, which is also modestly dust soiled. The first printing dust jacket is unusually clean and unclipped, with fairly modest loss limited to the spine ends and corners. However, in the course of applying a new dust jacket protector we noted that the dust jacket is nearly split into five pieces. The flap folds are nearly completely split, with discreet tape reinforcement to the verso applied by a previous owner. The spine is split vertically near the center with a previous verso tape repair only at the very bottom to align a fragment just below the publisher's name. That said, the vertical spine split in particular is so clean that we initially took it for just a crease. All three splits virtually disappear beneath the new, archival quality, removable dust jacket protector we have applied and the visual appearance is far better than the "good" grade we give the jacket in view of the splits. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A95.1.a, Woods/ICS A39(aa.1), Langworth p.156.
      [Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector]
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