A Speech by The Prime Minister The Right Honourable Winston Churchill in the House of Commons August 20th, 1940

Price: 450.00 USD

London: His Majesty's Stationery Office (H.M.S.O.), The Baynard Press, 1940. This is the first edition of one of Churchill's most famous speeches. Churchill's speech to Parliament of August 20th, 1940 was occasioned by the Battle of Britain and famously honored the RAF pilots who almost single-handedly prevented Nazi invasion of England. Churchill encapsulated and immortalized the struggle when he uttered the words: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." Of Churchill, Edward R. Murrow said: "He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle." This speech, from the early and fraught months of Churchill's wartime premiership, typifies the soaring and defiant oratory that sustained his countrymen and inspired the free world. It also demonstrates why, when Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953, it was partly "...for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values." The famous bibliographic reference Printing and the Mind of Man, which surveys the impact of the printed word on Western Civilization, singles out this edition of this speech. Printed deep red on light gray paper wraps and wire stitched, this speech pamphlet measures 9.75 inches x 6 inches and is 16 pages in length. Prices of this edition have soared in recent years. Given the fragility of the edition, most copies understandably suffer from significant wear, soiling, tanning, and spotting. Here is a good copy, complete and intact, but showing some customary age and wear. The gray wraps are complete with light overall soiling and spotting and minor wear to extremities. Both binding staples are intact and secure and the covers remain firmly attached, although the staples show rust which has stained the gutters immediately adjacent to the staples. The contents remain otherwise clean, evenly age-toned but with no previous ownership marks and no spotting. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A131.1, Woods A60(a), Printing and the Mind of Man (PMM) 424. First edition.

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