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Winston S. Churchill. The People's Rights. Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1910.

Price: US$3500.00 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: This is the first edition, first state of this striking, scarce, and fragile early collection of Churchill's speeches. In 1904, Churchill quit the Conservative Party and joined the Liberals, beginning a dynamic chapter in his political career that saw him champion progressive causes and be branded a traitor to his class. In 1910, when The People's Rights was published, Winston Churchill was a powerful political force and a member of the Cabinet. From December 3-11, 1909 Churchill was on the campaign trail on behalf of the Liberals. The People's Rights is a distillation of these nine days of speeches, criticizing the House of Lords (which had rejected the Liberal Government's budget, thus precipitating the campaign) and championing Free Trade, a graduated income tax, luxury tax, and surtaxes on unearned income. Churchill's efforts were not wasted; as a result of the election, the Liberals would achieve a slim majority and passage of their budget. The People's Rights was published in an exceptionally perishable form, in bright yellow-orange paper wraps (with a halftone photo of Churchill on the cover) and printed on cheap, pulp paper. Consequently few copies survive, and wear, losses, and general deterioration are common to those copies that endure. There are two states of this first and only printing. The first state features an Appendix and an Index (at pages 149-152), while the second replaces the Index with a second Appendix. Here is the desirable first edition, first state. Given the inherent fragility of the edition, this copy is in quite respectable condition, about very good minus for the edition with some of the typical aging and wear, but substantially complete nonetheless. The covers remain attached, the front cover firmly, the rear holding despite a 5.5 inch separation at the rear hinge. The color, which understandably often dulls, remains fairly bright on both covers, somewhat toned on the spine. The spine is more complete than many copies we see, with the usual wrinkling from the binding process, but with nearly all of the spine print intact despite modest overall chipping. Both covers show only minor chipping to the edges, with the illustrated front cover notably complete. The contents are browned and brittle as usual. We note no previous ownership marks and light spotting appears confined to the half title. There are modest triangular losses to the lower corners of the half title and title pages and some small edge chips to the Appendix and Index pages. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A31.2.a, Woods/ICS A16(aa), Langworth p.97

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

Winston S. Churchill. The People's Rights. Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1910.

Price: US$3750.00 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: This book is from the personal collection of Churchill's bibliographer, Ronald I. Cohen. This is a collector-worthy example of the first edition, first state of this striking, scarce, and fragile early collection of Churchill's speeches. In 1904, Churchill quit the Conservative Party and joined the Liberals, beginning a dynamic chapter in his political career that saw him champion progressive causes and be branded a traitor to his class. In 1910, when The People's Rights was published, Winston Churchill was a powerful political force and a member of the Cabinet. From December 3-11, 1909 Churchill was on the campaign trail on behalf of the Liberals. The People's Rights is a distillation of these nine days of speeches, criticizing the House of Lords (which had rejected the Liberal Government's budget, thus precipitating the campaign) and championing Free Trade, a graduated income tax, luxury tax, and surtaxes on unearned income. Churchill's efforts were not wasted; as a result of the election, the Liberals would achieve a slim majority and passage of their budget. The People's Rights was published in an exceptionally perishable form, in bright yellow-orange paper wraps (with a halftone photo of Churchill on the cover) and printed on cheap, pulp paper. Consequently few copies survive, and wear, losses, and general deterioration are common to those copies that endure. There are two states of this first and only printing. The first state features an Appendix and an Index (at pages 149-152), while the second replaces the Index with a second Appendix. Here is the desirable first edition, first state. Given the inherent fragility of the edition, this copy is in superior condition - notable for being both highly complete and particularly bright. The color, which understandably often dulls, remains vividly bright and uniform on both the covers and spine. The spine remains almost fully intact, with the usual wrinkling from the binding process, but with all lettering fully preserved and only trivial chipping at the spine ends and hinges. Both covers remain attached and the binding remains square. The striking front cover is complete apart from .25 inch losses at the corners. The rear cover is likewise highly complete, with some closed tears, wrinkling, and a little staining at the edges, but with only small, shallow chipping. The contents are browned as usual, but less so than most copies we have seen. The contents are complete with no previous ownership marks and minor spotting confined to the first few pages. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A31.2.a, Woods/ICS A16(aa), Langworth p.97

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

Winston S. Churchill. The People's Rights. Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1910.

Price: US$3850.00 + shipping

Description: This is the first edition, first state of this striking, scarce, and fragile early collection of Churchill's speeches. In 1904, Churchill quit the Conservative Party and joined the Liberals, beginning a dynamic chapter in his political career that saw him champion progressive causes and be branded a traitor to his class. In 1910, when The People's Rights was published, Winston Churchill was a powerful political force and a member of the Cabinet. From December 3-11, 1909 Churchill was on the campaign trail on behalf of the Liberals. The People's Rights is a distillation of these nine days of speeches, criticizing the House of Lords (which had rejected the Liberal Government's budget, thus precipitating the campaign) and championing Free Trade, a graduated income tax, luxury tax, and surtaxes on unearned income. Churchill's efforts were not wasted; as a result of the election, the Liberals would achieve a slim majority and passage of their budget. The People's Rights was published in an exceptionally perishable form, in bright yellow-orange paper wraps (with a halftone photo of Churchill on the cover) and printed on cheap, pulp paper. Consequently few copies survive, and wear, losses, and general deterioration is common to those copies that endure. There are two states of this first and only printing. The first state features and Appendix and an Index (at pages 149-152), while the second replaces the Index with a second Appendix. Here is the desirable first edition, first state. Given the inherent fragility of the edition, this copy is in very good condition. The illustrated wraps remain bright and firmly attached. The front cover is notably complete, with only fractional loss to the corners and trivial edge wear. The rear cover shows a .5 x .75 inch loss at the lower left corner but is otherwise complete. The spine shows some loss at the heel to a maximum depth of .75 inch, minor chipping at the head, and an abrasion just above and partially impacting the price. All title, author, and publisher print remains intact and clearly legible. The contents are toned, as inevitable with the cheap pulp paper, but both less toned and less brittle than we often see. First state is confirmed by a single appendix, an index, and p.71 numbered '1'. We find no previous ownership marks. Light spotting appears confined to the half title, title, and final Index pages. The final Index page shows a 2 inch closed tear. An original folded four-page leaflet advertisement and order form titled "Trade List of The Daily Mail Sixpenny Novels" is laid in. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A31.2.a, Woods/ICS A16(aa), Langworth p.97

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

Winston S. Churchill. The People's Rights. Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1910.

Price: US$4000.00 + shipping

Description: This is the first edition, first state of this striking, scarce, and fragile early collection of Churchill's speeches. In 1904, Churchill quit the Conservative Party and joined the Liberals, beginning a dynamic chapter in his political career that saw him champion progressive causes and be branded a traitor to his class. In 1910, when The People's Rights was published, Winston Churchill was a powerful political force and a member of the Cabinet. From December 3-11, 1909 Churchill was on the campaign trail on behalf of the Liberals. The People's Rights is a distillation of these nine days of speeches, criticizing the House of Lords (which had rejected Liberal Government's budget, thus precipitating the campaign) and championing Free Trade, a graduated income tax, luxury tax, and surtaxes on unearned income. Churchill's efforts were not wasted; as a result of the election, the Liberals would achieve a slim majority and passage of their budget. The People's Rights was published in an exceptionally perishable form, in bright yellow-orange paper wraps (with a halftone photo of Churchill on the cover) and printed on cheap, pulp paper. Consequently few copies survive, and wear, losses, and general deterioration is common to those copies that endure. There are two states of this first and only printing. The first state features and Appendix and an Index (at pages 149-152), while the second replaces the Index with a second Appendix. Here is the desirable first edition, first state. Given the inherent fragility of the edition, this copy is in very good condition - highly complete and unrestored. Notably, the spine remains almost fully intact, with the usual wrinkling, but with all lettering fully preserved and only trivial chipping at the spine ends and hinges. Both covers remain firmly attached and the binding remains square. The striking front cover is complete apart from a .75 x .5 inch loss at the lower corner, claiming only most of the second "N" in London. The rear cover is likewise highly complete, though with wrinkling at both corners. There is a .75 inch closed tear at the lower corner and some tiny closed tears along the edges. Both covers show modest overall soiling but remain bright. The contents are browned as usual, but complete. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A31.2, Woods/ICS A16(aa), Langworth p.97

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

Winston S. Churchill. The People's Rights. Hodder and Stoughton, 1910.

Price: US$6000.00 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: This is the best copy we have offered of the first edition of this striking, scarce, and fragile early collection of Churchill's speeches - a premium copy for collectors. In 1904, Churchill quit the Conservative Party and joined the Liberals, beginning a dynamic chapter in his political career that saw him champion progressive causes and be branded a traitor to his class. In 1910, when The People's Rights was published, Winston Churchill was a powerful political force and a member of the Cabinet. From December 3-11, 1909 Churchill was on the campaign trail on behalf of the Liberals. The People's Rights is a distillation of these nine days of speeches, criticizing the House of Lords (which had rejected the Liberal Government's budget, thus precipitating the campaign) and championing Free Trade, a graduated income tax, luxury tax, and surtaxes on unearned income. Churchill's efforts were not wasted; as a result of the election, the Liberals would achieve a slim majority and passage of their budget. The People's Rights was published in an exceptionally perishable form, in bright yellow-orange paper wraps (with a halftone photo of Churchill on the cover) and printed on cheap, pulp paper. Consequently few copies survive, and wear, losses, and general deterioration is common to those copies that endure. Given the inherent fragility of the edition, this copy is in remarkably good condition - the most complete and best preserved wraps issue of the first edition that we have offered. The illustrated wraps remain complete, bright, and firmly attached, with only modest soiling. We note only fractional wear to extremities. The binding is square, with no lean and no visible signs that this copy has ever been read. The spine is likewise a stunning survivor, highly complete with only fractional loss at the spine ends. All spine print is complete and clearly legible and there is no discernible color shift between the covers and spine. The contents are toned, as inevitable with the cheap pulp paper, but both less toned and less brittle than is typical, with no dog-eared or chipped corners to the pages. We find no previous ownership marks. A touch of spotting appears confined to the half title and to the final few pages of the second Appendix at pages 149-152. The second Appendix and correct pagination at p.71 confirms that this impressive copy is the second state of the first printing. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A31.2.b, Woods/ICS A16(aa), Langworth p.97

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

Winston S. Churchill. The People's Rights. Hodder and Stoughton, Ltd., London, 1910.

Price: US$7200.00 + shipping

Description: This is among the rarest Churchill first editions – the first edition, only printing of The People’s Rights in the hardcover binding – one of only 100 bound thus. In 1904, Churchill quit the Conservative Party and joined the Liberals, beginning a dynamic chapter in his political career that saw him champion progressive causes and be branded a traitor to his class. In late 1909-early 1910, when The People's Rights was published, Winston Churchill was a powerful political force and a member of the Cabinet. From December 3-11, 1909 Churchill was on the campaign trail for the Liberals. The People's Rights is a distillation of these nine days of speeches, criticizing the House of Lords (which had rejected the Liberal Government's budget, thus precipitating the campaign) and championing Free Trade, a graduated income tax, luxury tax, and surtaxes on unearned income. Churchill's efforts were not wasted; the election gave the Liberals a slim majority and passage of their budget. The first edition is not only an important work, but also the only edition published in Churchill's lifetime. A second edition was not published until 1970, 60 years later. Nearly all first edition copies were bound in bright yellow-orange paper wraps (with a halftone photo of Churchill on the cover) and printed on cheap, pulp paper. For obvious reasons, they proved quite perishable and surviving copies are scarce and desirable, even in halfway decent condition. However, considerably scarcer is the publisher's original hardcover binding. As documented in Ronald Cohen's excellent Bibliography, "100 sets of sheets were bound on 20 December 1909". The hardcover issue is not only quite rare, but was also bound "two weeks before the publication of the paper wrappers issue" and may have even been available in the last few days of 1909. (Cohen, Volume I, page 177) Churchill's first bibliographer, Frederick Woods, was able to examine only a worn and faded copy and reported the binding color as "cherry-red cloth, flecked with pink". We have noted two slightly different cloth variants - a cherry red cloth as well as a deeper, burgundy-red, as is this copy. We conservatively grade this copy as good plus overall, complete and unrestored, though with flaws attendant to the age and inherent fragility. The original dark red cloth binding remains sound with notably unfaded color and sharp corners. The gilt remains distinct, if a bit dulled. We note modest wear to extremities and overall scuffing with minor staining and soiling, most notably two small, whitish stains at the title on the upper front cover. The binding is firmly attached to the contents with the mull fully intact, despite cosmetic splits to the endpaper gutters. The contents were printed on cheap pulp paper which always browns and becomes brittle. These contents are no exception, with typical age-toning, more pronounced at the page edges. Nonetheless, being protected by the hardcover binding, the contents are better than those of most wraps-bound copies we see, which often suffer significant edge chipping in addition to age-toning. The top edge gilt is intact and respectably bright. This copy does not have the p.71 mispagination affiliated with the first state, but does have a single Appendix and Index affiliated with first state wraps-bound copies, rather than the later state second Appendix replacing the Index. A single previous ownership mark in pencil on the front free endpaper reads: "To Bill | From Jack | Sept 1910". The front free endpaper has a one-inch closed tear at the lower gutter, while the half-title has a 1.25 inch tear at the upper gutter. There is fractional chipping at the lower gutter of the title page and Preface, a shallow chip at the p.1 fore edge, the same at p.151 of the Index, and a one-inch horizontal closed tear at the fore edge of the final free endpaper, with a small loss at the lower corner of same. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A31.1.b, Woods/ICS A16(a), Langworth p.97.

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

CHURCHILL, Winston S.. The People's Rights Selected from his Lancashire and other Recent Speeches.. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1910, 1910.

Price: US$7538.29 + shipping

Description: Octavo. Original pictorial "vivid orange yellow" (Cohen) wrappers printed in greyish green and black. Housed in a black cloth solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. Wraps a little rubbed and soiled, some chips from the corners, a few minor edge-splits, spine a little sunned and creased, but near complete, no loss of text from the wraps, text-block typically browned, remains a very good copy. First edition, first general paper wrappers issue, first state, with index, and just a single appendix; and p. 71 - section title for "The People's Trade" - misnumbered 1. "All issues of The People's Rights are extremely scarce" (Cohen) despite a print run of 40,000, this largely due to the low quality of the materials, and the cheap and clumsy method of production, and despite the apparent catalogue of faults above, this is in fact an unusually well-preserved copy. Cohen A31.2.a; Wood A16a

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

CHURCHILL, Winston. THE PEOPLE'S RIGHTS Selected from His Lancashire and Other Recent Speeches. Hodder & Stoughton, 1910.

Price: US$7866.04 + shipping

Description: First edition, cloth bound issue. Earliest state of the text, with one appendix and an index. 8vo. Original maroon cloth titled in gilt to spine and upper cover. A very good copy indeed with a bump to the upper corner and a little wear to the spine ends, but a generally bright lean copy. Armourial bookplate to front pastedown, page edges browned as usual. A small marginal chip to the final leaf of the index, but otherwise crisp and clean. Housed in custom made cloth box, an excellent copy of a noted rarity. One of the rarest of all Churchill's works, the cloth bound issue is likely to have been issued in only 100 copies. "The publisher records show that 100 sets of sheets were bound on 20 December 1909, four days after the payment to Churchill of a royalty of £100 on account and two weeks before the publication of the paper wrappers issue. It is, as least, very clear that only a few such copies were offered for sale and that they are extremely scarce." - Cohen A collection of speeches delivered in Lancashire in December 1909 in the run up to the 1910 general election. Woods A16 Cohen A31.1

Seller: Jonkers Rare Books, Henley on Thames, OXON, United Kingdom