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Churchill, Winston S.. A Roving Commission. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1930.

Price: US$25.00 + shipping

Condition: Good

Description: Spine soiled, nick at bottom; rear inner hinge cracked.

Seller: By Books Alone, Woodstock, NY, U.S.A.

Churchill, Winston S.. A Roving Commission. Charles Scribner's Sons, NY, 1930.

Price: US$36.00 + shipping

Condition: Good

Description: "A" ed. Clean, little wear. Innards tight w/very light damp stains on top cor. of photos + ripples on top cors of all pp. Lightly yellowed. 377pp. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall

Seller: General Eclectic Books, Gray, ME, U.S.A.

Churchill, Sir Winston S.. A ROVING COMMISSION. Scribner's, 1930.

Price: US$55.35 + shipping

Condition: Good

Description: Published in the UK with title: "My Early Life." Spine faded, soiled, gilt worn

Seller: Dale's A-B-C Lists, Rochester, MI, U.S.A.

Churchill, Winston S.. A Roving Commission. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1930.

Price: US$75.00 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: Spine faded, small rubbed spot front board, small bookseller sticker present bottom left corner rear pastedown, but overall a tight solid sound copy with clean unmarked text. Protected in mylar. ; 8vo, red blindstamped cloth, frontis, 377pp. (uncut) , index.

Seller: Old Editions Book Shop, ABAA, ILAB, North Tonawanda, NY, U.S.A.

Churchill, Winston. A Roving Commission. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1930.

Price: US$119.00 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: Red-orange cloth with gilt lettering on front and black lettering on spine. Size: 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall

Seller: Top Edge Gilt, Scottsdale, AZ, U.S.A.

Winston S. Churchill. A Roving Commission My Early Life. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1930.

Price: US$125.00 + shipping

Description: Includes illustrations. biography. Very good. No dust jacket. Ex-library. Green cloth with gilt on spine very lightly rubbed / very slight edgewear. text clean. binding good. ex-lib. Has the letter 'A' on copyright page.

Seller: Ken's Book Haven, Coopersburg, PA, U.S.A.

Churchill, Winston S.. A Roving Commission. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1930.

Price: US$200.00 + shipping

Condition: Near Fine

Description: Red cloth with gilt titles.

Seller: Joseph Mercurio, Books, Maps and Prints,, Garrison, NY, U.S.A.

Winston S. Churchill. A Roving Commission. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1930.

Price: US$200.00 + shipping

Condition: Good

Description: Originally published in October 1930 in England as My Early Life, A Roving Commission is Churchill's extremely popular autobiography, covering the years from his birth in 1874 to his first few years in Parliament. One can hardly ask for more adventurous content. These were momentous and formative years for Churchill, including his time as a war correspondent and cavalry officer in theatres as varied as Cuba, northwest India, and sub-Saharan and southern Africa. This time contained a wide range of experiences in Churchill’s life. Not only was he developing as an author, publishing his first books, and making his first lecture tour of North America, but this was also the time of his capture and daring escape during the Boer War, which made him a celebrity and helped launch his political career. Churchill would take his seat in Parliament only weeks after the end of Queen Victoria's reign. A Roving Commission remains one of the most popular and widely read of all Churchill's books. And for good reason, as the work certainly ranks among the most charming and accessible of his many books. An original 1930 review likened it to a "beaker of Champagne." That effervescent charm endures; a more recent writer called it "a racy, humorous, self-deprecating classic of autobiography." To be sure, Churchill takes some liberties with facts and perhaps unduly lightens or over-simplifies certain events, but this is eminently forgivable and in keeping with the wit, pace, and engaging style that characterizes the book. A Roving Commission sold very well at the time and has seen a great many editions since, many of them collectible in their own right, but of course a premium attaches to first editions. This is one of the few Churchill first editions for which the U.S. edition bears a different title than the British. Jacketed copies are extremely scarce. Even decent unjacketed copies are unusual. The red-orange cloth binding proved highly susceptible to fading and soiling and the orange color on the dust jacket tends to bleach white when exposed to sun. Offered here is a rough example in an even rougher original dust jacket. No getting around it - this is perhaps the worst jacketed copy we've seen. But it is jacketed and we see very few jacketed copies. This copy is also of bibliographic interest, since it is the only first printing copy we have ever seen with the quite rare variant dust jacket usually attributed to the third printing and only the second copy of this variant dust jacket we have seen. This dust jacket has identical spine, front panel, and flaps, but a different rear panel featuring a number of short review excerpts instead of two text excerpts. Richard Langworth ("A Connoisseur's Guide", p.134) ascribes this dust jacket to the first edition, third printing, but it is not noted in any other bibliographic sources. This jacket is a bit of a mystery, since it gives every indication that it has spent its life with this first printing book. As stated, condition of both book and jacket are definitely flawed. The red-orange cloth binding is tight and has square corners, but is soiled, somewhat faded on the boards, quite faded on the spine, and bears some wear at the spine head and tail. The contents are tight, but a bit age-toned with an inked owner name on the ffep and a hint of spotting to the prelims. The Scribner's "A" is present on the copyright page, confirming first edition, first printing status. The dust jacket is unclipped, still bearing the original $3.50 price. That's the good news. The bad news is that the dust jacket has considerable wear and losses. The front face is unfaded, but missing an uneven 3.5 inch wide by maximum 1 inch deep portion at the top edge and with some chipping and wrinkling at the bottom edge. The rear face is soiled and wrinkled, with chipping to a maximum depth of .5 inch along the top edge. The spine is bleached white and roughly a third of it is missing; only part of the title and part of the author's

Seller: Churchill Book Collector ABAA/ILAB/IOBA, San Diego, CA, U.S.A.

Winston S. Churchill. A Roving Commission (My Early Life). Charles Scribner's Sons, 1930.

Price: US$205.47 + shipping

Condition: Good

Description: Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside.

Seller: Better World Books, Mishawaka, IN, U.S.A.

Churchill, Winston S.. A ROVING COMMISSION - MY EARLY LIFE. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1930.

Price: US$500.00 + shipping

Description: 8vo., xii, 377pp.; VG/G; spine red and white with black lettering; dust jacket protected with a mylar covering, moderate bumping and shelfwear, including rips to lower edges, head and tail of spine, corners; price cut; interior clean; includes 28 illustrations; text block has smudges to lower fore corner, speckling to top; shelved case 5. Shelved Dupont Bookstore.

Seller: Second Story Books, ABAA, Rockville, MD, U.S.A.

Winston S. Churchill. A Roving Commission. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1930.

Price: US$650.00 + shipping

Description: This is a the U.S. first edition, first printing of Churchill's extremely popular autobiography, covering the years from his birth in 1874 to his first few years in Parliament. This is a very good copy in the scarce first printing dust jacket. Published in England as My Early Life, this is one of the few Churchill first editions for which the U.S. edition bears a different title than the British. Interestingly, A Roving Commission was the title proposed by Churchill himself and favored by his American publisher. One can hardly ask for more adventurous content. These were momentous and formative years for Churchill, including his time as a war correspondent and cavalry officer in theatres as varied as Cuba, northwest India, and sub-Saharan and southern Africa. This time contained a wide range of experiences in Churchill’s life. Not only was he developing as an author, publishing his first books, and making his first lecture tour of North America, but this was also the time of his capture and daring escape during the Boer War, which made him a celebrity and helped launch his political career. Churchill would take his seat in Parliament only weeks after the end of Queen Victoria's reign. A Roving Commission remains one of the most popular and widely read of all Churchill's books. And for good reason, as the work certainly ranks among the most charming and accessible of his many books. An original 1930 review likened it to a "beaker of Champagne." That effervescent charm endures; a more recent writer called it "a racy, humorous, self-deprecating classic of autobiography." To be sure, Churchill takes some liberties with facts and perhaps unduly lightens or over-simplifies certain events, but this is eminently forgivable and in keeping with the wit, pace, and engaging style that characterizes the book. The book sold very well at the time and has seen a great many editions since, many of them collectible in their own right, but of course a premium attaches to first editions, both British and U.S. Jacketed copies of the U.S. first edition are scarce. Even decent unjacketed copies are unusual. The red-orange cloth binding proved highly susceptible to fading and soiling and the fragile dust jacket proved highly vulnerable to wear and severe fading of the orange color, particularly on the jacket spine. This first printing copy (confirmed by the Scribner’s "A" on the copyright page) features a square and tight binding with sharp corners, bright gilt, only light wear to extremities and, most notably, a bright, unfaded spine with only trivial sunning to the spine ends corresponding to minor dust jacket losses. The contents are clean with no spotting and no previous ownership marks. Some residue and scarring on the front pastedown indicates removal of a bookplate and there is a two-inch cosmetic split to the paper at the inner front hinge that affects neither the mull beneath nor overall binding integrity. The first printing dust jacket has a neatly price-clipped front flap, loss to the spine ends to a maximum depth of .375 inch, and a 1.5 x .5 triangular loss at the upper front face. The spine ends and upper front face loss are reinforced on the jacket verso. As with most surviving jacketed copies, the spine is significantly faded, though the title, author, and publisher print remains clear. The dust jacket is protected beneath a removable, archival quality clear cover. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A91.2.a, Woods/ICS A37(b.1), Langworth p. 134.

Seller: Churchill Book Collector ABAA/ILAB/IOBA, San Diego, CA, U.S.A.

Winston S. Churchill. A Roving Commission. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1930.

Price: US$750.00 + shipping

Description: This is a beautifully clean and bright U.S. first edition, first printing, in dust jacket. Published in England as My Early Life, this is one of the few Churchill first editions for which the U.S. edition bears a different title than the British. Churchill's extremely popular autobiography covers the years from his birth in 1874 to his first few years in Parliament. One can hardly ask for more adventurous content. These were momentous and formative years for Churchill, including his time as a war correspondent and cavalry officer in theatres as varied as Cuba, northwest India, and sub-Saharan and southern Africa. This time contained a wide range of experiences in Churchill’s life. Not only was he developing as an author, publishing his first books, and making his first lecture tour of North America, but this was also the time of his capture and daring escape during the Boer War, which made him a celebrity and helped launch his political career. Churchill would take his seat in Parliament only weeks after the end of Queen Victoria's reign. This remains one of the most popular and widely read of all Churchill's books. And for good reason, as the work certainly ranks among the most charming and accessible of his many books. An original 1930 review likened it to a "beaker of Champagne." That effervescent charm endures; a more recent writer called it "a racy, humorous, self-deprecating classic of autobiography." To be sure, Churchill takes some liberties with facts and perhaps unduly lightens or over-simplifies certain events, but this is eminently forgivable and in keeping with the wit, pace, and engaging style that characterizes the book. Jacketed copies of the U.S. first edition are scarce; the fragile dust jacket proved highly vulnerable to wear and severe fading of the orange color, particularly on the jacket spine. Even decent unjacketed copies are unusual. The red-orange cloth binding proved highly susceptible to fading and soiling. Here is a notably fine copy in a very good first printing dust jacket. The coarse red-orange cloth binding is tight, square, and remarkably clean with virtually no wear or soiling, sharp corners, and bright gilt. The spine is beautifully bright with no color shift except at the spine ends corresponding to dust jacket losses. The contents are immaculate. We find absolutely no spotting or previous ownership marks. Even the untrimmed fore edges are clean, as are the top and bottom edges. The Scribner's "A" on the copyright page confirms a first edition, first printing. The dust jacket is unclipped, still bearing the original $3.50 front flap price. The jacket is also unusually clean for the edition, virtually free of the usual soiling. Nonetheless, the jacket does show wear to extremities, with losses to a maximum depth of .75 inch at the spine head, one inch at the heel, a smaller triangular loss at the upper edge of the rear face, and wrinkling and closed tears to the edges of the front face. The orange spine panel is typically faded, but does retain some original color. Do note that we have photographed the jacket without a dust jacket protector. Now that we have applied a removable, archival quality clear cover, the jacket actually presents noticeably better, since various closed tears and chips now lay safely flat. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A91.2.a, Woods/ICS A37(b.2), Langworth p. 134.

Seller: Churchill Book Collector ABAA/ILAB/IOBA, San Diego, CA, U.S.A.

Winston S. Churchill. A Roving Commission. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1930.

Price: US$900.00 + shipping

Description: This is the U.S. first edition, first printing of Churchill's extremely popular autobiography, covering the years from his birth in 1874 to his first few years in Parliament. This is a very good copy in a very good first printing dust jacket. Published in England as My Early Life, this is one of the few Churchill first editions for which the U.S. edition bears a different title than the British. Interestingly, A Roving Commission was the title proposed by Churchill himself and favored by his American publisher. One can hardly ask for more adventurous content. These were momentous and formative years for Churchill, including his time as a war correspondent and cavalry officer in theatres as varied as Cuba, northwest India, and sub-Saharan and southern Africa. This time contained a wide range of experiences in Churchill’s life. Not only was he developing as an author, publishing his first books, and making his first lecture tour of North America, but this was also the time of his capture and daring escape during the Boer War, which made him a celebrity and helped launch his political career. Churchill would take his seat in Parliament only weeks after the end of Queen Victoria's reign. A Roving Commission remains one of the most popular and widely read of all Churchill's books. And for good reason, as the work certainly ranks among the most charming and accessible of his many books. An original 1930 review likened it to a "beaker of Champagne." That effervescent charm endures; a more recent writer called it "a racy, humorous, self-deprecating classic of autobiography." To be sure, Churchill takes some liberties with facts and perhaps unduly lightens or over-simplifies certain events, but this is eminently forgivable and in keeping with the wit, pace, and engaging style that characterizes the book. The book sold very well at the time and has seen a great many editions since, many of them collectible in their own right, but of course a premium attaches to first editions, both British and U.S. Jacketed copies of the U.S. first edition are scarce. Even decent unjacketed copies are unusual. The red-orange cloth binding proved highly susceptible to fading and soiling and the thin, fragile dust jacket proved highly vulnerable to wear and severe fading of the orange color, particularly on the jacket spine. This first printing (confirmed by the Scribner’s "A" on the copyright page) features a strikingly bright and soundly tight binding with sharp corners and no appreciable wear. The beautifully bright spine is marred only by modest moisture stains to the lower spine (which correspond to similar stains on the jacket spine, definitively confirming that this book has spent life with this jacket). The contents are remarkably bright with no spotting, toning, or previous ownership marks. Even the untrimmed fore edges are improbably bright and clean. Modest dust soiling is confined to the top edge. The first printing dust jacket is unclipped, retaining the original "$3.50" front flap price and retains respectably distinct orange spine panel color, far less faded than typical. We note a shallow strip loss at the spine head (that does not affect title print) a .75 x .5 inch chip at the upper rear panel, fractional chips at the spine heel and flap corners, and some light moisture staining to the lower spine. Despite the wear and mild soiling, this remains a bright and quite respectable example of an increasingly elusive first printing dust jacket. The dust jacket is protected beneath a removable, clear, archival cover. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A91.2.a, Woods/ICS A37(b.1), Langworth p. 134.

Seller: Churchill Book Collector ABAA/ILAB/IOBA, San Diego, CA, U.S.A.

Winston S. Churchill. A Roving Commission. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1930.

Price: US$1200.00 + shipping

Description: This is the U.S. first edition, first printing of Churchill's extremely popular autobiography, covering the years from his birth in 1874 to his first few years in Parliament. This is a very good plus copy in an unusually bright and clean example of the scarce first printing dust jacket. Published in England as My Early Life, this is one of the few Churchill first editions for which the U.S. edition bears a different title than the British. Interestingly, A Roving Commission was the title proposed by Churchill himself and favored by his American publisher. One can hardly ask for more adventurous content. These were momentous and formative years for Churchill, including his time as a war correspondent and cavalry officer in theatres as varied as Cuba, northwest India, and sub-Saharan and southern Africa. This time contained a wide range of experiences in Churchill’s life. Not only was he developing as an author, publishing his first books, and making his first lecture tour of North America, but this was also the time of his capture and daring escape during the Boer War, which made him a celebrity and helped launch his political career. Churchill would take his seat in Parliament only weeks after the end of Queen Victoria's reign. A Roving Commission remains one of the most popular and widely read of all Churchill's books. And for good reason, as the work certainly ranks among the most charming and accessible of his many books. An original 1930 review likened it to a "beaker of Champagne." That effervescent charm endures; a more recent writer called it "a racy, humorous, self-deprecating classic of autobiography." To be sure, Churchill takes some liberties with facts and perhaps unduly lightens or over-simplifies certain events, but this is eminently forgivable and in keeping with the wit, pace, and engaging style that characterizes the book. The book sold very well at the time and has seen a great many editions since, many of them collectible in their own right, but of course a premium attaches to first editions, both British and U.S. Jacketed copies of the U.S. first edition are scarce. Even decent unjacketed copies are unusual. The red-orange cloth binding proved highly susceptible to fading and soiling and the thin, fragile dust jacket proved highly vulnerable to wear and severe fading of the orange color, particularly on the jacket spine. This first printing copy (confirmed by the Scribner’s "A" on the copyright page) features a square and tight binding with bright gilt, only a trivial hint of wear to extremities and, most notably, a bright, unfaded spine. The contents are clean and bright with no spotting. Even the page edges are notably clean and bright. We would grade this book as at least near fine if not for previous ownership marks. There is a lengthy inked gift inscription dated "August 4, 1997" on the front free endpaper as well as a circular embossed previous owner device on the lower title page. The first printing dust jacket has a neatly price-clipped front flap, fractional chipping to the spine ends, minor wear to extremities, and mild scuffing and soiling. Nonetheless, this jacket is a remarkable survivor, uncommonly bright. Shelf presentation is particularly striking for the edition, with the orange spine panel only slightly scuffed and lightly sunned, retaining distinct orange color. The dust jacket is protected beneath a removable, archival quality clear cover. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A91.2.a, Woods/ICS A37(b.1), Langworth p. 134.

Seller: Churchill Book Collector ABAA/ILAB/IOBA, San Diego, CA, U.S.A.