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Arms and the Covenant
George G. Harrap & Co., Ltd., London 1938 - This is the precursor to Churchill's great war speeches, a premium example of the British first edition, only printing, in the pale blue first state dust jacket. The book contains a collection of speeches spanning the years 1928 to 1938 criticizing British foreign policy and warning prophetically of the coming danger. The world remembers the resolute war leader to whom the British turned, 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 the U.S. edition 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). Only 5,000 copies of this first and only British impression were printed, of which only 3,381 were sold with this first state dust jacket. Here is a near-fine copy in a near-fine dust jacket. The dust jacket is entirely complete - absolutely no losses and unclipped, with the original front flap price intact. Moreover, the dust jacket shows almost no wrinkling or wear and does not suffer any of the spotting to which this edition proved prone. The only jacket flaws of note is some toning, particularly to the spine, and some discrete tape reinforcement to the verso at the spine ends, which has had the salutary effect of preventing and losses while not compromising the appearance. We have fitted the dust jacket with a removable, archival quality clear cover. The volume beneath is likewise near-fine. The blue cloth binding is square, clean, and tight, retaining perfect unfaded color, bright spine gilt, and flawed only by two tiny corner bumps. The contents remain notably crisp with absolutely no spotting or previous ownership marks. Typical transfer browning to the half title corresponds with the dust jacket flap and confirms what the excellent binding already tells us - that this copy has always been jacketed. Though unspotted, the fore and bottom edges are age-toned. The blue-stained top edge retains uniform, if slightly dulled, color. The book is housed in a full leather clamshell preservation case in dark blue goatskin. The case features a rounded spine with raised bands and gilt rules on both spine and covers and gilt stamped title, author, and date on the spine. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A107.1, Woods/ICS A44(a), Langworth p.191 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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