by the Prime Minister in the House of Commons
"NEVER IN THE FIELD
OF HUMAN CONFLICT WAS SO MUCH OWED BY SO MANY TO SO FEW"
"Hitler is now sprawled over Europe. Our offensive springs are
being slowly compressed, and we must resolutely and methodically prepare
ourselves for the campaigns of 1941 and 1942. Two or three years are
not a long time, even in our short, precious lives. They are nothing in
the history of the nation, and when we are doing the finest thing in the
world, and have the honour to be the sole champion of the liberties of
all Europe, we must not grudge these years or weary as we toil and
struggle through them."
FIRST EDITION of Winston Churchill's historic speech before the House of
Commons, August 20, 1940. PMM 424.
"If the Gettysburg Address is one of
the most moving statements of democracy confronted by tragedy,
Churchill's historic exhortations are its equal in their ringing
assertion of democracy confronting the seemingly irresistible forces of
tyranny" (Printing and the Mind of Man, 424). [London]: [Baynard Press], 1940. Octavo, original
printed wrappers. Only a hint of soiling to wrappers. An outstanding
copy of one of the most important speeches of the twentieth century.
Rare in this condition. $1800.
Custom boxes available. Cloth: $150. Half-leather: