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Churchill, Winston S.. My early life : a roving commission. Thornton Butterworth Ltd., 1930.

Price: US$20.00 + shipping

Condition: Poor

Description: Cover has tears to spine hinges and is quite soiled. Corners are bumped and frayed. Some tears to hinges of photos interspersed throughout the text. Ffep has been removed. Previous owner's bookplate is on verso to front cover. Binding is good and contents and ontact. Former library book with usual library stamps, tape stains, markings and shelf wear.

Seller: Cape Breton Regional Library, Sydney, NS, Canada

CHURCHILL, Winston SA. My Early Life. A Roving Commission. Thornton Butterworth, 1930, 1930.

Price: US$40.00 + shipping

Description: 2nd Printing. Very good indeed in the original deep pink cloth, spine faded.

Seller: Collectors Treasury, Johannesburg, South Africa

Winston S Churchill. My Early Life: A Roving Commission. Thornton Butterworth Ltd, London, 1930.

Price: US$115.16 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: Magenta cloth boards with gilt titles to spine and front board. Spine faded. No inscriptions. A tiny amount of bleed to lower fep front corner.

Seller: Cheshire Book Centre, Buckley, United Kingdom

Winston S. Churchill. My Early Life - A Roving Commission. Thornton Butterworth, 1930.

Price: US$135.49 + shipping

Condition: Good

Description: 2nd impression. Boards have some minor edgewear, spine discoloured but gilt bright. Content has light toning to endpapers, no markings or inscriptions. No DJ

Seller: BoundlessBookstore, Wallingford, United Kingdom

Churchill, Winston S.. My Early Life: A Roving Commission. Thornton Butterworth Limited, London, 1930.

Price: US$219.00 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: . . . . 2nd ptg., with 12 titles present on reverse of half-title page. 8vo, hardcover, no dj. Bound in black quarter-leather over blue cloth. Vg condition. Ex-school library, gifted to the library by an alumnus, with a donation plate on endpaper and single stamp on title page, old adhesive stains to rear endpaper. Binding by Sagorski and Sutcliffe, London. Lower spine edges rubbed, binding still sturdy and integral. 392 pp.

Seller: Tiber Books, Cockeysville, MD, U.S.A.

Churchill, The Rt. Hon. Winston S.. My Early Life A Roving Commission. Thornton Butterworth Limited, London, 1930.

Price: US$243.88 + shipping

Condition: Good

Description: Rebound in marbled half-leather over marbled boards. Gilt titles on original leather panel to front cover . Raised bands to spine with titles gilt to a leather label. Marbled epps. Uncut edges. Ribbon marker. 392pp including index. Some foxing. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall

Seller: Scrivener's Books and Bookbinding, Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Winston S. Churchill.. My Early Life: A Roving Commission.. Thornton Butterworth, London, 1930, 1930.

Price: US$310.27 + shipping

Condition: Good

Description: First edition. Hardback. Original cloth boards slightly worn and marked, cloth at spine faded and splitting, contents very good indeed, complete and free from inscriptions. This would be a very suitable copy for a fine rebind.

Seller: Robin Summers, Aldeburgh, United Kingdom

CHURCHILL, Winston. My Early Life: A Roving Commission. Thornton Butterworth, 1930.

Price: US$311.62 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: First UK edition, first printing (second state) 1930. Five line title in gilt on upper boards. 12 titles on reverse of half-title. Publisher's plum cloth faded on spine and at edges. Small inscription on f.e.p. dated Christmas 1930. All plates and maps present (including the fold-out map). Light foxing to prelims o/w a very good copy. NO jacket.

Seller: Post Mortem Books, Hassocks, United Kingdom

Winston S. Churchill. My Early Life - A Roving Commission. Thornton Butterworth Limited, London, 1930.

Price: US$317.08 + shipping

Condition: Good

Description: 146 mm X 226 mm. Waterstains on the cover. Signs of wear on the corners.

Seller: Librairie Le Nord, Hearst, ON, Canada

Winston S. Churchill. My Early Life. Thornton Butterworth, 1930.

Price: US$425.00 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: A very good copy of the first edition, first printing, as indicated by the presence of three lines on the front board title and eleven titles listed on the half-title verso. The spine is sunned, as is to be expected on this edition. Otherwise the covers are clean and bright with all the gilt lettering fully legible. Everything is square and tight, with only minimal wear. Inside the contents are clean and unfoxed, with no ownership inscriptions or other markings of any kind. As an added bonus we supply this copy in a professionally produced facsimile of the outrageously rare original dust jacket. "If the reader was drawn to Churchill by 'The Second World War', his autobiography will come as a revelation; the war memoirs chronicle a very public struggle against national extinction; the autobiography charts a young man's private struggle to be heard. But the same style and pace are there, the same sense of adventure, the piquant humour, the ability to let the reader peer over the author's shoulder as events unfold". (Richard Langworth in 'A Connoisseur's Guide to the Books of Sir Winston Churchill').Please see the associated images. All the images for our listings are of the actual book you are purchasing. We do NOT use stock images.

Seller: Nineveh & Tyre, Ashburn, VA, U.S.A.

Winston S. Churchill. My Early Life a Roving commission.. Thornton Butterworth Ltd, London, 1930.

Price: US$474.21 + shipping

Condition: Good

Description: 392 pages including author`s preface, maps and illustrations and index. Pink cloth with gilt lettering on front and spine.Spine is faded and has some damp spots. Lower page edges are uncut. Some foxing to prelims and considerable foxing to page edges and to some margins but not affecting contents. Front gutter is weak. Previous owner`s bookplate on front pastedown. Size: Large Octavo

Seller: Bookcase, Carlisle, United Kingdom

Churchill, the Rt. Hon. Winston S.. My Early Life a Roving commission.. Thornton Butterworth Ltd, London, 1930.

Price: US$474.21 + shipping

Condition: Good

Description: 392 pages including author`s preface, maps and illustrations and index. Pink cloth with gilt lettering on front and spine. Spine rather sunned and chipped with some light staining. Closed edges foxed and tanned, some light foxing to prelims, lower edges of prelims uncut. Content clean and firm. Size: 8vo

Seller: Bookcase, Carlisle, United Kingdom

Winston S. Churchill. My Early Life, a variant binding unknown to bibliographers. Thornton Butterworth Limited, London, 1930.

Price: US$750.00 + shipping

Description: This is the first edition, first printing, of Churchill’s extremely popular autobiography. This copy offers an additional enticement to collectors, being a variant binding not noted by bibliographers and only the second copy we have encountered bound thus. Various states of the first edition, first printing are known. First states were bound in both a coarse and a smooth plum colored cloth, have the title stamped on the front cover in either three or five lines, and contain a list of 11 Churchill titles in the boxed list of "Works by the same Author" on the half-title verso. Second state copies are distinguished by the addition of "THE WORLD CRISIS: 1911-1914" to the boxed list of works on the half-title verso, making 12 titles. It was presumed that all second state copies featured bindings with a five-line title on the front cover. In his excellent bibliography of Churchill's works, Ronald Cohen states: ". most, perhaps even all, copies of the second state will be found in binding cases in which the front cover is stamped in 5, rather than 3, lines." This unrecorded variant is a first printing, second state copy in the coarse cloth binding with three lines on the front cover. Condition approaches very good overall. The binding remains tight with sharp corners, vividly bright boards, and little of the customary wear. The chief detraction is both sunning and some mottling to the spine color. The contents remain respectably bright with light spotting primarily confined to prelims and page edges. My Early Life covers the years from Churchill’s 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. My Early Life 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. My Early Life 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. The challenge for collectors is that the plum colored binding of this edition proved especially susceptible to fading, soiling, and wear; nearly all copies are considerably spine faded. Moreover, the contents are susceptible to heavy spotting and the binding is often cocked. This helps explain why so many first editions of this book have been torn apart and rebound. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A91.1.c* (Previously unidentified variant binding), Woods/ICS A37(ab.1), Langworth p.131

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

Churchill, Winston S.. My Early Life A Roving Commission. Thornton Butterworth Limited, London, 1930.

Price: US$750.00 + shipping

Condition: Fine

Description: 8vo, modern navy blue 3/4 morocco, raised bands, rampant Churchillian lions on spine panels, some light foxing. [ Woods A37 (a); Langworth 130 ]. First state with 3 volumes of THE WORLD CRISIS listed on verso of half-title. This is WSC's memoir of his early journalism career and his military career in India and during the Boer War, with the details of his intrepid, daring escape from a P.O.W. camp.

Seller: Thomas J. Joyce And Company, Chicago, IL, U.S.A.

Churchill, The Rt. Hon. Winston S., C.H., M.P.. My Early Life: A Roving Commission. Thornton Butterworth Limited, London, 1930.

Price: US$753.07 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: The first edition, in its first issue state [Cohen A91.1.a]. Original deep reddish purple embossed calico cloth hard covers, with gilt titling to front and spine. Bottom edge untrimmed. Edges slightly toned. The boards are mildly soiled, and the spine is faded, though not excessively, and with gilt tiling brightly legible. Corners, head and tail lightly bumped. The tail of the spine shows some shallow cracking, more so toward to rear board, which is just a little frayed at that point. Apart from this small area, this is a lovely tight, square and unmarked volume, internally very fine and unmarked, with no foxing internally or to edges. Very neat -- a really sound and handsome copy. Boards thickly ruled and with publisher's device to lower right front and rear in blind. Front board title-block in three lines; list of Churchill's works verso half-title lacks the first volume of World Crisis. All plates, maps, and fold-out map present in very fine condition. Index. 392pp. Size: 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall

Seller: CARDINAL BOOKS ~~ ABAC/ILAB, London -- Birr, ON, Canada

Winston S. Churchill. My Early Life. Thornton Butterworth Limited, London, 1930.

Price: US$800.00 + shipping

Description: This is the first edition, first printing, first state of Churchill’s autobiography. Various states of the first edition, first printing are known. First states were bound in both a coarse and a smooth plum colored cloth, have the title stamped on the front cover in either three or five lines, and contain a list of 11 or 12 Churchill titles in the boxed list of "Works by the same Author" on the half-title verso. Distinguishing this copy as the first edition, first printing, first state, first binding state (Cohen A91.1.a) are a coarse cloth binding with three gilt lines on the front cover and only 11 Churchill titles listed on the half-title verso. My Early Life 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. The challenge for collectors is that the plum colored binding of this edition proved especially susceptible to fading, soiling, and wear; nearly all copies are considerably spine faded. Moreover, the contents proved quite susceptible to spotting. This copy is in very good condition. The plum cloth binding is square and tight, with a bit of staining along the top edge of the rear cover and a little fraying to the lower front cover corner. The spine is sunned, as usual, but still retains some distinctive plum color and the gilt remains clearly legible. The contents are quite clean for the edition. The sole previous ownership mark is the tiny sticker of a London bookseller affixed to the lower front pastedown. Spotting, endemic to this edition, is confined to a barely discernible hint to the untrimmed edges of the bottom edge of the text block. The page edges are modestly age-toned, but otherwise notably clean. My Early Life covers the years from Churchill’s 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. My Early Life 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. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A91.1.a, Woods/ICS A37(aa), Langworth p.131.

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

CHURCHILL, Winston S.. My Early Life. A Roving Commission.. London: Thornton Butterworth Limited, 1930, 1930.

Price: US$880.67 + shipping

Description: Octavo. Original dark pink cloth, titles to spine in gilt, five-line gilt title to front cover (Cohen's second state binding, no priority of issue), publisher's device and broad single rules to covers in blind, bottom edge untrimmed. Contemporary ownership signature to front free endpaper. Spine sunned and a little rolled, a few minor marks to covers, occasional faint foxing to contents. A very good copy. Photographic frontispiece and 15 plates of which 12 are from photographs, folding map, 8 maps and 2 plans to the text. First edition, first impression, second state (with the cancelled half-title, no priority of issue). Churchill's first volume of sustained biography is a highly entertaining account of his childhood, schooldays at Harrow, military training at Sandhurst, experiences as a war correspondent in Cuba, and service attached to the Malakand field force on the northwest frontier of India, charging with the 21st lancers at Omdurman, and as a POW in South Africa during the Boer War. Cohen A91.1.c; Woods A37(a).

Seller: Peter Harrington. ABA member, London, United Kingdom

CHURCHILL (Winston). My Early Life. A Roving Commission. Thornton Butterworth Limited, London, 1930.

Price: US$880.67 + shipping

Description: With 28 maps and illustrations. 8vo. Newly bound by Bayntun-Riviere in half crimson morocco with black cloth sides, the spine lettered in gilt with rampant lion centre tools, hand-marbled endleaves, gilt edges.

Seller: George Bayntun ABA ILAB PBFA, Bath, United Kingdom

CHURCHILL, Winston S.. My Early Life. A Roving Commission.. London: Thornton Butterworth Limited, 1930, 1930.

Price: US$1016.16 + shipping

Description: Octavo. Original dark pink cloth, titles to spine and front board gilt, publisher's device and broad single rules to covers in blind, bottom edge untrimmed. Contemporary bookseller's ticket of Jackson, Wylie, & Co., Glasgow, to the front pastedown. Ownership inscription of David Fyfe Anderson, dated 16th March 1953, to the initial blank, probably the Glasgow University obstetrician (1904-1988). Spine sunned, headcaps and tips lightly bumped, mild fading and soiling towards top edges of covers, a few spots to fore edge, upper outer corner of front free endpaper and initial blank creased, contents clean. A very good copy. Photographic frontispiece and 15 plates of which 12 from photographs, folding map, 8 maps and 2 plans to the text. First edition, first impression, second state, with volume one of The World Crisis present on the list of Churchill's works on the half-title verso. Churchill's first volume of sustained biography is a highly entertaining account of his childhood, schooldays at Harrow, military training at Sandhurst, experiences as a war correspondent in Cuba, and service attached to the Malakand field force on the northwest frontier of India, charging with the 21st lancers at Omdurman, and as a POW in South Africa during the Boer War. Cohen A91.1.c; Woods A37(a).

Seller: Peter Harrington. ABA member, London, United Kingdom

CHURCHILL. WINSTON. S.. MY EARLY LIFE. A Roving Commission.. Thornton Butterworth Limited. London. 1930, 1930.

Price: US$1287.14 + shipping

Condition: Fine

Description: FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 2nd state, with 12 titles by Churchill listed on the half title. Illustrated throughout with maps and portraits. A clean and bright copy, Finely bound in recent full red morocco leather. Spine with five raised bands. Compartments ruled, lettered and decorated with Rampant Lion device, all in gilt. Single gilt decorative border on boards. Top edge gilt. A fine copy. Churchill's autobiographical writings on his younger years.

Seller: Paul Foster. - ABA & PBFA Member., London, United Kingdom

CHURCHILL, [Sir] Winston Spencer (1874-1965). My Early Life. A Roving Commission. London: Thornton Butterworth, 1930, 1930.

Price: US$1321.01 + shipping

Description: FIRST EDITION. Octavo (22 x 15cm), pp.392. With several illustrations and maps. Publisher' pink cloth lettered in gilt to spine and upper, trimmed in blind. Some light sunning to extremities, no foxing, trivial handling. A superior copy of a book that wears easily; this is the best copy without jacket we have handled. WOODS, Frederick, "A Bibliography of the Works of Sir Winston Churchill", A37(a).

Seller: Adrian Harrington Ltd, PBFA, ABA, ILAB, Royal Tunbridge Wells, KENT, United Kingdom

Winston S. Churchill. My Early Life. Thornton Butterworth Limited, London, 1930.

Price: US$1450.00 + shipping

Description: This is an unusually clean and bright copy of the first edition, first printing, of Churchill’s extremely popular autobiography. My Early Life 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. My Early Life 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. My Early Life 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. The challenge for collectors is that the plum colored binding of this edition proved especially susceptible to fading, soiling, and wear; nearly all copies are considerably spine faded. Moreover, the contents are susceptible to heavy spotting and the binding is often cocked. This helps explain why so many first editions of this book have been torn apart and rebound. This copy approaches near fine. The coarse cloth is square and tight with nicely rounded spine, sharp corners, bright gilt, and only trivial wear to extremities. The spine is sunned, as is inevitable, but far less so than we typically see, retaining some of the original plum color and bright gilt, and with clean presentation, marred only by a single, tiny black blemish above the author’s name. The contents are likewise unusually clean and bright. Light spotting is almost entirely confined to the page edges, with just a hint of spotting to the endpapers and prelims. The endpapers show a very faint indication of differential toning corresponding to dust jacket flaps, hinting that this copy may have long been jacketed, which would explain the superior condition of the binding. The sole previous ownership mark we find is a tiny Birmingham bookseller sticker affixed to the lower rear pastedown. The page edges are very lightly spotted and mildly age-toned, but otherwise clean. First edition, first printing is confirmed by the title page verso. Second state of the first printing is confirmed by the inclusion of the 1911-1914 volume of The World Crisis on the half title verso list of works by the author. The binding is protected with a removable, clear mylar protector and housed in a stout grey cloth slipcase with rounded and leather-trimmed caps at the opening. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A91.1.c, Woods/ICS A37(aa), Langworth p.131.

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

Winston S. Churchill. My Early Life, finely bound by Bayntun-Riviere. Thornton Butterworth Limited, London, 1930.

Price: US$1450.00 + shipping

Description: This is the first edition, first printing, first state of Churchill’s autobiography, finely bound by the renowned Bayntun-Riviere bindery of Bath, England for Henry Sotheran Ltd. of London, one of the world’s oldest bookshops. The binding is half red morocco over crimson cloth boards, featuring hubbed spine with gilt ruled compartments, gilt decorated spine bands, gilt ruled transitions, generous morocco corners, marbled endpapers, head and foot bands, and gilt top edge. Condition is near fine. The binding is beautifully tight and clean with only a trivial hint of scuffing to the cloth boards. The contents are well-suited to the binding, with no previous ownership marks and only a barely discernible hint of spotting that appears confined to the first and final few leaves. "BOUND BY BAYNTUN-RIVIERE BATH, ENGLAND" is stamped on the lower final free endpaper recto. "SOTHERAN. SACKVILLE ST. LONDON" is stamped on the upper front free endpaper verso. First state of the first printing is confirmed by the absence of the 1911-1914 volume of The World Crisis on the half title verso list of works by the author. My Early Life covers the years from Churchill’s 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. My Early Life 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. My Early Life 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. The challenge for collectors is that the original plum colored cloth binding of this edition proved especially susceptible to fading, soiling, and wear; nearly all copies are considerably spine faded. This fine binding is an attractive and skillfully executed alternative. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A91.1.a, Woods/ICS A37(aa), Langworth p.131.8 First edition, first printing, first state.

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

Winston S. Churchill. My Early Life, finely bound. Thornton Butterworth Limited, London, 1930.

Price: US$2000.00 + shipping

Description: This is the first edition, first printing, first state of Churchill’s autobiography, finely bound. The beautifully grained dark plum morocco binding is deferential to the original plum cloth. The binding features hubbed spine with gilt-decorated raised bands framed by gilt rules, twin morocco title and author labels, beveled edge covers with gilt rule border, gilt top edge, head and foot bands, and marbled endpapers framed by gilt-ruled turn-ins. Condition of the newly commissioned binding is exceptional, as new. The contents are very good for the edition, with no previous ownership marks. Spotting is quite light for the edition, primarily confined to a few spots on the page edges. First state of the first printing is confirmed by the absence of the 1911-1914 volume of The World Crisis on the half title verso list of works by the author. My Early Life covers the years from Churchill’s 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. My Early Life 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. My Early Life 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. The challenge for collectors is that the plum colored binding of this edition proved especially susceptible to fading, soiling, and wear; nearly all copies are considerably spine faded. This fine binding is an attractive and skillfully executed alternative. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A91.1.a, Woods/ICS A37(aa), Langworth p.131.

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

CHURCHILL. WINSTON S. ; COSWAY STYLE BINDING.. MY EARLY LIFE. A Roving Commission.. Thornton Butterworth Limited. London. 1930, 1930.

Price: US$4064.64 + shipping

Condition: Fine

Description: FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 1st state, with 11 titles by Churchill listed on the half title. Illustrated throughout with maps and portraits. A small amount of very light spotting to a few leaves but overall this is a clean and bright copy. Finely bound in the Cosway style. Full red morocco, spine with raised bands, each ruled in gilt. Compartments lettered and double ruled in gilt. Front board with fine hand painted portrait of Churchill under glass panel. Portrait surrounded by decorative floral gilt design. Both boards with double gilt ruled borders. Board edges decorated with gilt piping and ruled lines. Decorative floral gilt decorations on inner boards. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. Housed in a red cloth covered, leather entry slip case. Aside from some very minor and uniform fading on the spine this is a beautiful highly decorative binding. The binding is unsigned but certainly the work of a master bookbinder.

Seller: Paul Foster. - ABA & PBFA Member., London, United Kingdom

CHURCHILL Winston S.. My Early Life. A Roving Commission. , 1930.

Price: US$6096.97 + shipping

Description: Frontispiece, maps and illustrations. First edition. 8vo., cloth. London, Thornton Butterworth Ltd. Bookplate to the front pastedown of Raymond Greene, distinguished doctor and mountaineer and brother of Graham. Signature of 'W. Greene' to the front free endpaper, most likely the Greene brothers' father William. Loosely inserted a TLS, folded twice,from Churchill to Graham Greene on Chartwell notepaper, 8th August 1924 'My dear Graham Greene, I have kept your letter of the 29 July until now in the hopes of being able to conform to your wishes and to accept the very kind invitation with which, on behalf of your brother, you have honoured my wife and me. I am sorry to say, however, that my plans make it impossible for me to do so. I have a political engagement on the 24th or 25th at Edinburgh, and I have arranged to leave immediately thereafter with my wife for ten days abroad. The Irish development will, I fear, lead to so many difficulties that I shall have to be back in England early on October. In these circumstances I hope you will forgive me for not undertaking this task at any rate this year. I need not say how much we both appreciate your having wished us to pay this visit. Believe me Yours very sincerely Winston Churchill'. Also tipped in a newspaper obituary of Dr. Raymond Greene. Spine faded, the letter slightly soiled on the folds.

Seller: Maggs Bros. Ltd ABA, ILAB, PBFA, BA, London, United Kingdom

Churchill, Winston. My Early Life A Roving Commission. Thornton Butterworth Limited, London, 1930.

Price: US$6500.00 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: Octavo, 392pp, gilt lettering on spine and front cover, original maroon cloth cover. Minor fading on spine. Inscribed by Winston Churchill on first leaf to Mr. Charles M. Schwab. Inscription reads: "To Charles M. Schwab - With every good wish - from Winston Churchill - 6.2.31" The inscription was made to Charles M. Schwab in 1931.

Seller: The First Edition Rare Books, LLC, Cincinnati, OH, U.S.A.