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    $65.00

    The Trials of the Bantocks by Street, G.S

    London and New York: John Lane the Bodley Head, 1900. Hardcover. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition. Very good in original beige cloth boards with olive green title to spine and front board. Illustrations of trees lining a pathway with street lamps to front board. Minor bumping to corners, wear to edges of boards, and a few small chips to book cloth along spine ends. Bookplate of Pamela Tennant. Offsetting from bookplate to front free endpage and a few small spots of foxing to interior which are mostly found within the advertisements. 183 pages plus 16 pages of ads. LIT/010610.


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    $7.00

    The Collapse of Barings by Fay, Stephen

    New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1996. First American Edition with full numberline 8vo size hardcover with dust jacket; 310 pages From jacket: "In February 1995, the unthinkable happened: one of the oldest and most respected merchant banks in London went bankrupt. The story that "rogue" Barings trader Nick Leeson lost hundreds of million of pounds speculating in the Far East was front-page news throughout the world. Accused of fraud on a massive scale... in December 1995 he pleaded guilty... as a result the prosecution case against Leeson was not heard. What really happened to cause the downfall of 'the Queen's bank' and who was actually responsible." Bumped head and heel of spine, edgewear, light wear to jacket. Thanks for shopping with us. 100% of your purchase benefits charity and supports literacy and life-long learning.. First American. Hard Cover. Very Good/Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    $275.00

    Mademoiselle Roxane. Illustrations en couleurs de Leon Lebegue by France, Anatole

    Paris: Librairie des Amateurs, A. Ferroud - F. Ferroud, successeur, 1923. First Edition, limited, numbered and paraphed by the publisher, one of 1200 on velin teinte d'Arches from a total edition of 1520. Page size: 4-3/4 x 7 inches; 57pp. Bound: handsomely rebound in 3/4 navy blue morocco and blue and green paste-paper boards with gilt fillet, spine smooth, gilt decorated with mosaic onlays, title gilt, top edge gilt, original wrappres bound in, joints and spine ends rubbed, half-title foxed, else very good. Illustrated with titlecut and frontispiece etching in black plus four color etchings hors-texte plus 13 decorated capitals after pen and watercolor drawings by Leon Lebegue. A handsome little book.


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    $189.00

    Europe Unite by Winston S. Churchill

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1950. First edition, only printing. Hardcover. This is a jacketed copy of the U.S. first edition, only printing of the second of Churchill's postwar speech volumes. This U.S. first edition was issued using British sheets, but is considerably different than its British counterpart, bound in a blue-green cloth with dark green and black spine decoration and print. The dust jacket is printed black, green, and gray on white paper with a green background on the spine and front face. The U.S. edition is also far scarcer than its British counterpart, with only 2,500 copies for the U.S. edition versus 12,000 copies for the British edition. A major weakness of this attractive U.S. edition is the exceptional vulnerability of the blue-green binding and green dust jacket to fading. Here is a near fine copy in a very good plus dust jacket. The cloth binding is square, clean, vividly bright, and tight with only minor shelf wear to the bottom edge and lightly bumped lower corners. The contents are immaculately bright with no spotting and no previous ownership marks. The fore and bottom edges of the text block are likewise bright, the top edge only lightly dust soiled. The dust jacket is unclipped, retaining the publisher’s original “$5.00” front flap price, with loss confined to fractional chipping to the spine ends. Most notably, there is almost no discernible color shift between the front panel and spine, which remains notably bright. The white rear panel is bright with only a hint of soiling. Light scuffing does not substantively detract from what is an uncommonly bright and complete jacket. The dust jacket is protected beneath a removable, archival quality clear cover. Europe Unite includes 52 speeches spanning January 1947 to December 1948. Having done so much to win the war, Churchill faced frustration of his postwar plans when his wartime government fell to Labour in the General Election of July 1945. Europe Unite reflects Churchill's position as then-Leader of the Opposition, and many of the speeches contain both domestic and foreign policy indictments of Clement Attlee's Labour Government. Nonetheless, the title is rooted in Churchill's 7 May 1948 speech to the Congress of Europe. Churchill was an early, ardent, and vital advocate of pan-European integration. This and earlier speeches lent impetus to what would eventually become the European Union. As ardent an advocate as Churchill was of Britain, and though his rhetoric and sentiments could ascend inspiring heights, Churchill had been a soldier, a war leader, a politician and statesman and as such, could not fail to be a realist. Postwar Britain was diminished economically, militarily, and territorially. As Randolph Churchill said in his introduction to the book, Britain's "place in the world can only be regained" in part by "assumption by Britain of a leading role in promoting the unity of Europe." The movement toward European integration would continue to prevail. So would Churchill. During the election of February 1950 - the month this book was published - Churchill polled more than 37,000 votes, double that of his challenger. Labour's majority was reduced to six, and when Prime Minister Clement Attlee called another election in October 1951 the Conservatives won 321 seats to Labour’s 295, returning Churchill to Downing Street at the age of 76. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A246.2, Woods/ICS A128(b), Langworth p.297.


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    AUD $30.00

    Luthien's Gamble (The Crimson Shadow, Book #2) by Salvatore, R.A

    New York, USA: Warner Books, 1996. Hardcover with light blue boards and pictorial dust jacket, first edition, first printing, 552gms, 291 pages. This is the second book in The Crimson Shadow series. Book is in good condition with minor general wear and tear and light page discolouration throughout. Dust jacket is in good condition with mild shelf wear, otherwise no other preloved markings.. First Edition. Hard Cover with Dust Jacket. Good/Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    AUD $12.00

    Pioneer, The: Journal of the Stroud and District Historical Society (Vol 1, No 9-14, Feb 1973-Jul 1974)

    Stroud, NSW, Australia: Stroud and District Historical Society, 1974. Stapled typed booklet reinforced with tape, first edition, 50gms, unpaginated. This is volume 1, numbers 9-14 of the Journal of the Stroud and District Historical Society and covers the time from February 1973 to July 1974. Booklet is in fair condition with age-related minor general wear and tear and light page discolouration throughout otherwise no other pre-loved markings.. First Edition. Stapled Booklet. Fair/Not Applicable. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    £325.00

    Whom to Marry and How to Get Married! Or the Adventures of a Lady in Search of a Good Husband [ Plates in 2 States ] by Mayhew Henry & Horace

    London: David Bogue , 1850. Plates in 2 states, hand coloured, uncoloured. Original cloth top cover and spine, bound in at end. Collation, 271pp, half title, 22 plates, of which 11 are hand coloured. Book measures 7 1/4 x 5 inches. Bound in full blue/green marocco, raised bands, ornate gilt tooling, gilt rulled lines, inner dentelles, top gilt edge, coloured endpapers. Probably bound in the 1880s. Leather lightly rubbed, very minor abrasion marks. Binding in very good clean firm condition. Internally, heavy spotting/browning to endpapers. Pages and plates in good clean condition. . First Edition. Period Morocco. Very Good. Illus. by George Cruikshank. 8vo.


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    AUD $45.00

    Call Up the Groups: The Golden Age of British Beat 1962-67 by Clayson, Alan

    Poole, United KIngdom: Blandford Press, 1985. Softcover, First Edition, 425gms, 192 pages. Call up the Groups presents a singularly original, innovative study and exciting re-assessment of both the star turns and greyer eminences from that Golden Age of British Beat group, the Sixties. Book is in good condition with no visible general wear and tear, some mild page discoloration, previous owners name on inside cover, otherwise no other pre-loved markings. Attached picture is of actual book. Purchase more than 1 item and save money with combined postage. And if you can't find the title you're looking for - why not ask us direct. With over 30,000 books in stock we can't list them all!. First Edition. Soft Cover. Good/Not Applicable. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    AUD $14.00

    Rides a Dread Legion: The Demonwar Saga (#1) by Feist, Raymond. E

    Hammersmith, England: Harpercollins Publishers (Harper Collins), 2009. Hardcover with black boards and pictorial dust jacket, first edition, 718gms, 424 pages, blank endpapers. This is book #1 of The Demonwar Saga series. Book is in very good condition with mild general wear and tear. There is a small texta mark to bottom of page edges. Dust jacket and boards are in very good condition with mild shelf wear, otherwise no other pre-loved markings.. First Edition. Hard Cover with Dust Jacket. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    AUD $6.50

    Wicked Wit of Jane Austen, The by Austen, Jane; and Enright, Dominique (compiled by(

    London, England: Michael O'Mara Books Limited, 2002. Hardcover with laminated blue boards and pictorial dust jacket, first edition, 338g, 162pgs, blue endpapers. This is an absorbing collection of Jane Austen's sharpest, most profound and amusing observations on human nature, money, marriage, life and society. Book is in good condition with only mild general wear and tear. Boards and dust jacket are also in good condition with only light shelf wear, otherwise no other pre-loved markings.. First Edition. Hardcover with Dust Jacket. Good/Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    AUD $7.50

    Royals, The by Kelley, Kitty

    Moorebank, Australia: Bantam Books, 1997. Softcover, first Australian and New Zealand edition, 910g, 552pgs. This book is the result of 4 years of investigative research and hundreds of exclusive interviews with the past and present employees of the royal household, as well as royal friends and relations, courtiers, members of Parliament and other intimate observers. It is a comprehensive and even-handed portrait of the men and women who make up the British royal family, along with their forebears and predecessors. Book is in good condition with mild general wear and tear and light page discolouration throughout, otherwise no other pre-loved markings. . First Australian & New Zealand Edition. Softcover. Good/Not Applicable. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    AUD $16.00

    Plays: Seventh Series (Escape; Exiled; and The Roof) by Galsworthy, John

    London, England: Duckworth, 1930. Hardcover with green cloth boards, dust jacket missing, first edition, 334gms, 118 pages. There are three plays presented in this book: Escape; Exiled; and The Roof. Book is in good condition with minor general wear and tear and moderate page discolouration/spotting throughout. Boards are in good condition with only minor shelf wear, otherwise no other pre-loved markings.. First Edition. Hardcover with Original Cloth. Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.


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    $35.00

    The Missouri State Fair: Images of Midwestern Tradition by Gaskell, Richard

    Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2000. Signed and inscribed on title page. First Edition with full numberline 4to size hardcover with photo illustrated dust jacket; 114 heavyweight glossy pages profusely illustrated with black and white photographs, most full page in size. An unusual feature: dust jacket has interior flaps, but is not removable. From jacket: "(The author/photographer) describes the fair's heritage - both historically and through interviews with the fair's contemporary participants... His compelling and vivid images range from taut-muscle draft horses straining against their harnesses to belly dancers, from six-year-olds lost in thought with arms around their prize winning sheep to the leathery faces of old-timers... in the expressions of the boys and girls and men and women who show their animals, (the author) has masterfully captured all the promise, hope and uncertainty that comes with participating the diverse events at the Missouri State Fair... (This book) chronicles more than a decade in the life of a historic American tradition." Jacket has light wear. Quotes are for illustrative purposes and remain the property of their respective copyright holders. Thanks for shopping with us! 100% of your purchase benefits charity and supports literacy and lifelong learning.. First. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. Illus. by Gaskell, Richard. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.


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    AUD $28.00

    Voyage of the Investigator, The by Austin, K. A

    Adelaide, Australia: Rigby Limited, 1964. Hardcover with green boards and pictorial dustjacket, first edition, 612gms, 223 pages. This book tells of the explorations and adventures of Matthew Flinders (the Great Denominator), his imprisonment by the French, his disappointments, his triumph, and his death. Book is in very good condition with minor general wear and tear and mild page discolouration throughout. Dust jacket is in good condition with only mild shelf wear and has been covered with a removeable plastic slip. There is a small pencil mark on the inside front page, otherwise no other pre-loved markings. . First Edition. Hardcover with Dust Jacket. Very Good/Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    AUD $25.00

    English Cathedrals: The English Tourist Board's Discover England Series by Cormack, Patrick

    London, United Kingdom: George Weidenfeld & Nicolson Ltd, 1984. Hardcover with dark blue boards and pictorial dust jacket, First Edition, 675gms, 153 pages, illustrated pictorial endpapers. As part of The English Tourist Board's Series: This lively and authoritative book covers all of England's forty-two cathedrals, ancient and modern, devoting a richly illustrated chapter to each of the most famous and spectacular buildings, and summarizing in a gazetteer the major aspects of the parish church cathedrals. Book is in very good condition with minor general wear and tear. Dust Jacket is in good condition with no to very little shelf wear, some staining and discolouration to the dust jacket, previous owner's name on title page, dust jacket has been price clipped, otherwise no other pre-loved markings. Attached picture is of actual book. Purchase more than 1 item and save money with combined postage. And if you can't find the title you're looking for - why not ask us direct. With over 30,000 books in stock we can't list them all!. First Edition. Hard Cover with Dust Jacket. Very Good/Good. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.


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    AUD $40.00

    Hell of a Way To Die, A: Tarawa Atoll (20-23 November 1943) by Wright, Derrick

    London, England: Windrow & Greene Ltd, 1996. Hardcover with black boards and pictorial dust jacket, first edition, 474gms, 160 pages. This compelling account of one of the most savage battles of World War II draws upon the vivid memories of Marine veterans of those 76 terrible hours of close-quarter fighting. It is supported by photographs, drawings, detailed maps and appendices. Book is in good condition with minor general wear and tear. Boards and dust jacket are also in good condition with only light shelf wear, scuffing and chipping, otherwise no other pre-loved markings.. First Edition. Hardcover with Dust Jacket. Good/Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    The Story of the Malakand Field Force: An Episode of Frontier War by Winston S. Churchill

    London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1898. First edition, only printing. Hardcover. This is the first edition, only printing, first state of Churchill's first book, based on his exploits with Sir Bindon Blood's expedition on the Northwest Frontier of India in 1897. First state is confirmed by the lack of an errata slip and a publisher’s catalogue dated “12/97”. Condition is very good overall, a quite respectable sound and unrestored copy. The publisher’s green cloth binding remains tight and square with sharp corners and only light wear to hinges and extremities. The chief exterior defects are modest overall spine toning and a roughly .75 x .75 inch stain at the lower front corner. Nonetheless, shelf presentation is good, with strong green color despite the toning and gilt that remains bright and distinct. The contents are quite clean for the edition. Spotting is mostly confined to the page edges and first several leaves spanning the half title to the contents, only occasionally intruding to blank inner margins of the main text. We find no previous ownership marks. All maps are intact, including the folding maps at pages 1 and 146, as is the frontispiece and tissue guard. The original black endpapers are present, with an unobtrusive cosmetic split to the paper at the front pastedown gutter that in no way affects binding integrity. When this book was written and published, Churchill was a young cavalry officer still serving in India. While he had successfully applied his pen as a war correspondent - indeed the book is based on his dispatches to the Daily Telegraph and the Pioneer Mail - this was his first book-length work. The young Churchill was motivated by a combination of pique and ambition. He was vexed that his Daily Telegraph columns were to be published unsigned. On 25 October 1897 Churchill wrote to his mother: "...I had written them with the design... of bringing my personality before the electorate." Two weeks later, his resolve to write a book firming, Churchill again wrote to his mother: "...It is a great undertaking but if carried out will yield substantial results in every way, financially, politically, and even, though do I care a damn, militarily." Having invested his ambition in this first book, he clearly labored over it: "I have discovered a great power of application which I did not think I possessed. For two months I have worked not less than five hours a day." The finished manuscript was sent to his mother on the last day of 1897 and published on 14 March of 1898. Publication was arranged by Churchill's uncle while the author was still in India, resulting in numerous spelling and detail errors. Churchill was incensed by the errors and acted with haste to address them. Hence later states of the first edition bear errata slips. Home Issue copies also bear a 32-page Longmans, Green catalogue bound in at the back, which is dated either "12/97" or "3/98" at the foot of page 32. With only a little more than 1,900 copies bound, this first edition of Churchill's first book is both desirable and elusive. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A1.1.a, Woods/ICS A1(aa), Langworth p.12.


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    AUD $25.00

    War Movies by Perlmutter, Tom

    USA: Castle Books, 1974. Ringbound softcover book with stiff pictorial card, first edition, 158pp, weighs 1370gms. This profusely illustrated book includes the following contents: movies of the first world war; propaganda movies; the movie industry goes to war; war factory; faces of war; newsreels and documentaries; anti-war movies; the experience of defeat; special effects; and blockbusters. Book is in fair condition with general age-related wear and tear and moderate page discolouration/spotting/foxing throughout. Small pencil inscription on inside front page, some minor external damage (scuffing/scratching/curling) to cover, ring has been a little squished and pictorial card has come away from ring in places, though still well in tact, otherwise no other pre-loved markings. . First Edition. Ringbound Softcover. Fair/Not Applicable. Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" tall.


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    AUD $25.00

    Bobbsey Twins Own Little Ferryboat, The by Hope, Laura Lee

    London, UK: World Distributors, 1956. Hardcover with brown boards and pictorial dust jacket, first edition, 354gms, 184 pages, decorated endpapers. Another instalment in the popular young adult fiction series for featuring the Bobbsey Twins. Book is in good condition with mild general wear and tear and moderate page discolouration throughout. There is a small pen inscription from a previous owner on one of the inside front pages. Boards are in good condition with moderate shelf wear. Dust jacket is in good condition with moderate shelf wear and chipping, plus a few small tears. Dust jacket has been covered in a protective plastic removeable sleeve, otherwise no other pre-loved markings. . First Edition. Hardcover with Dust Jacket. Good/Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.


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    AUD $20.00

    Battle of Britain: A Day-By-Day Chronicle (10 July 1940 to 31 October 1940) by Bishop, Patrick

    London, England: Quercus, 2009. Hardcover with dark blue boards and pictorial dust jacket, first edition, 1410gms, 391 pages, illustrated endpapers. This is the definitive account of 20th century Britain's 'finest hour' from a master of popular historical narrative. Book is in good condition with minor general wear and tear and light page discolouration throughout. Boards and dust jacket are also in good condition with only mild shelf wear, otherwise no other pre-loved markings. Book weighs over 1kg and may incur additional postage.. First Edition. Hardcover with Dust Jacket. Good/Good. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.


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    AUD $45.00

    RAF Operations 1918-1938 by Bowyer, Chaz

    London, England: William Kimber & Co. Limited, 1988. Hardcover with blue boards and pictorial dust jacket, first edition, 692gms, 320 pages, blank endpapers. This carefully research and fascinating history, amply illustrated with many unusual photographs, fills a gap in aviation literature and sets the record straight over the so-called years of peace. Book is in good condition with minor general wear and tear and light page discolouration throughout. There is a pen marking from a previous owner on the inside front endpaper. Boards and dust jacket are also in good condition with only light shelf wear, otherwise no other pre-loved markings.. First Edition. Hardcover with Dust Jacket. Good/Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    $25.00

    A Lady of Quality: Being a most curious, hitherto unknown history, as related by Mr. Isaac Bickerstaff but not presented to the World of Fashion through the pages of The Tatler, and now for the first time written down by Burnett, Frances Hodgson

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1896. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First Edition. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. Very good in green and white cloth covered boards with maroon title to front board and to spine. Gilt decoration to front board. Minor bumping to spine ends and corners. Minor browning to edges and spine and light soiling to rear board. Minor rolling to spine. Inscription to written in pen to front free end page. Minor age toning to edges of pages and sporadic light foxing. Text is clean and bright. 363 pages + ads. LIT/043018.


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    AUD $20.00

    Illustrated Diary of Australian Internemtn Camps, An; Berrima by Samuels, Lieut. Edmond

    Sydney, Australia: Tyrrell's Limited, 1983. Softcover, First Edition, 50gms, 27 pages. This booklet is the life at Berrima Concentration Camp (now the Berrima Training Centre, Department of Corrective Services, but more generally referred to as Berrima Gaol) during the First World War. Book is in good condition with no visible general wear and tear, some mild page discoloration, previous owners name on inside cover, ex-school library therefore has library stamp and stickers throughout the book and is also covered in clear contact, otherwise no other pre-loved markings. Attached picture is of actual book. Purchase more than 1 item and save money with combined postage. And if you can't find the title you're looking for - why not ask us direct. With over 30,000 books in stock we can't list them all!. First Edition. Soft Cover. Good/Not Applicable. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Ex-Library.


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    AUD $10.00

    Our Girls' Yarns

    Otley: William Walker & Sons Hardcover with pictorial boards, no dustjacket, first edition, date not stated (circa late 1930s), 616gms. A juvenile anthology of stories for young girls. Book is in good condition for its age with general age-related wear and tear and heavy page discolouration/spotting. Boards are in good condition with moderate scuffing and chipping. There is a small pen inscription on inside blank endpaper, otherwise no other pre-loved markings. . First Edition. Hardcover. Good/No Jacket. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.


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    $420.00

    Beating the Invader by Winston S. Churchill

    London : Ministry of Information, 1941. First edition. Leaflet. This item is from the personal collection of Churchill's bibliographer, Ronald I. Cohen. "If invasion comes, everyone - young or old, men and women - will be eager to play their part worthily." This wartime leaflet is a tangible reminder that, in the early days of 1941, the outcome of the war was not a foregone conclusion and Britain's peril was quite real. The leaflet provides instructions from the Ministry of Information and Prime Minister Winston Churchill regarding what to do in case of invasion. Measuring 11 inches by 8.25 inches, the leaflet is printed on both sides of a thin, single sheet of paper. On March 10, 1941, at the request of the Ministry of Information, Churchill wrote the introduction to this leaflet. His introduction takes up two-thirds of the first page. After sober consideration of the timing and effect of such a message to the British people, the War Cabinet decided on April 24, 1941 to print more than 14 million copies and distribute the leaflet to all British households. Today these leaflets are scarce. In his Bibliography, Ronald Cohen writes: "The huge print run might leave one with the impression that the leaflet would be commonly found today. It was, however, only a leaflet anticipating an event that never came to pass. Few copies have survived." Here is a quite respectable example. The paper is clean apart from two spots in the left column and complete apart from a less than .5 inch split and small loss at the right edge of the horizontal fold. Age-toning is moderate and uniform. We note no other wear apart from the customary vertical and horizontal creases. Bibliographic reference: Cohen B76.1, Woods A69.


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