San Francisco: Ransohoffs [Printed by the Grabhorn Press], 1941. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 250 copies, elephant folio size, 62 pp. Very Good. Item #16031615
In addition to having been a highly-regarded (albeit somewhat controversial) Prime Minister of England and one who can justly claim a large part of the credit for helping the Allies win World War II, Winston Churchill (1874-1965) is also widely considered to have been one of the greatest speakers of the twentieth century. Among his most famous speeches were those in 1940 when Churchill rallied the British nation with his words and optimism, a portion of which are presented in this volume. A prolific writer as well as a gifted speaker, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his overall body of work in 1953 (n. b. info from The National Churchill Museum website).
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter natural linen with blue cloth boards, tan paper spine label with gilt lettering, coat-of-arms of the United Kingdom in blue and gold preceding the title page, quotation in blue and black following the title page ("Sail On, O Ship of State!" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow), initials, marginal titles and printer's device all in blue; hand-set Goudy Modern type, handmade French paper, elephant folio size (16" by 10.75"), pagination: [i-iii]  2-57  [1 colophon], one of 250 copies, unnumbered.
___CONDITION: Volume is very good, with straight corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is bright and clean, entirely free of prior owner markings; boards are clean overall with some slight soiling to the linen spine, spine label lightly sunned, age-toning to the front free endpaper, and the first six pages have a shallow crease about halfway down the page (affecting the coat-of-arms and title pages only).
___CITATION: Heller & Magee no. 361.
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