A Personal Message from the Prime Minister to the Coal Mining Industry
Winston S. Churchill
Price: 145.00 USD
London: The Ministry of Fuel and Power, 1942. Published in November 1942 during Churchill's wartime premiership, this is the first edition, only printing, including Churchill's undated letter to the coal mining industry and his 31 October 1942 address to the London Conference of the Mining Industry. This is the only volume appearance of Churchill's letter and the first appearance of Churchill's address. This pamphlet and the letter and address within speak to the daunting complexities and delicate balances of the war effort. On 31 October, final preparations for the North Africa landings were underway. That day, Churchill wrote to Roosevelt: "I pray that this great American enterprise... in which we have the honour to play an important part, may be crowned by the success it deserves." (Kimball, Vol. I, p.651) But great offensives did not happen without material and logistics. So it was that on the same Saturday that he was communicating with President Roosevelt about a major wartime offensive, Churchill also addressed the London Conference of the Mining Industry at Westminster Central Hall: "This is the first and only industry I have addressed as an industry during the time of my responsibility. I am doing so because coal is the foundation and, to a very large extent, the measure of our whole war effort." The pamphlet is thin, wartime paper with wire-stitched self-wraps, measures 9.25 x 6.25 inches, and is 16 pages in length. The front cover bears a photo of Churchill by Cecil Beaton. Pages 1 & 2 reproduce Churchill's signed, undated letter to the coal mining industry on 10 Downing Street stationery ("I appeal to you personally, fighting with your tools in the mines, to think of your countrymen-in-arms, to stand solidly behind them and TO CUT MORE COAL."). Churchill's 31 October address to the London Conference of the Mining Industry is printed at pages 5-11. Page 8 is a full-page photo of Churchill delivering this address. The pamphlet is in good condition overall, showing age wear, and flaws inherent to its inherent fragility, but nonetheless complete. The paper wraps remain complete, with both binding staples still firmly attached, though showing some rust. The wraps show some wrinkling and wear to extremities and short splits at the spine ends, but no losses. The front cover photo of Churchill shows an ink stain to Churchill's forehead and chin and a bit of abrasion to his lower torso. The contents remain bright, albeit with some dog-eared corners. The pamphlet is protected with a removable, archival mylar sleeve. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A174. First edition.