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While England Slept
New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1938. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Very good minus/Good plus. This book is the precursor to Churchill's famed war speeches. This is the first U.S. edition, first printing in dust jacket. The British first edition was given the politically palatable title "Arms and the Covenant". The U.S. title is a bit more honest. The book contains a collection of speeches spanning the years 1932 to 1938 criticizing British foreign policy and warning prophetically of the coming danger. The world remembers the resolute war leader to whom the British entrusted their fate, but it is easy to forget the years leading up to the war which Churchill spent persistent, eloquent, and largely unheeded. Churchill bibliographer Frederick Woods called this edition "probably the most crucial volume of speeches that he ever published". As testimony to the book's importance, a copy of While England Slept lay on "President Roosevelt's bedside table, with key passages, including an analysis of the president's peace initiative, underscored." (William Manchester's The Last Lion, Volume II, p.305) Offered here is a very good minus copy in a good plus first printing dust jacket. The blue cloth binding is square and tight with bright red banners and silver lettering, showing minor wear to the spine ends and corners. The contents show no spotting or previous owner inscriptions or book plates. The contents do show age-toning, as well as two vertical ashesive scars to the final free endpaper verso. The bottom edge and untrimmed fore edge are clean. The red-stained top edge retains decent color, but shows some uneven fading and a faint, red ink stamp that we cannot quite read. The dust jacket, notable for fading, retains bright color. Though clean and substantially complete, it shows wear, particularly at the flap folds and hinges, with shallow chipping to the spine ends, as well as a horizontal crease at the lower half of the spine. The dust jacket is unclipped, though the original $4.00 price has been scratched out, leaving only the "$" symbol legible. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A107.2.a, Woods/ICS A44(b.1). Langworth p.193.
      [Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector]
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