Why I am a Free Trader.
First edition. This pamphlet was issued as the first in the series Coming Men on Coming Questions, edited by the campaigning journalist W. T. Stead, which was published in collected form later in the same year (Cohen B3; Woods B2). It represents Churchill’s first published statement of his stance on the free trade question after he crossed the floor in 1904. In his biographical introduction (“Winston Churchill, Past, Present, and Future”) Stead summarizes Churchill’s career to date, quoting Lord Dufferin’s encomium that he had by the age of 26 crammed into his life “a finer series of military adventures than half of the general officers in Europe”, and concluding: “Since then in politics he has beaten his own record in war and in journalism. Hence I put him down as Coming Man, No.1.” Important and uncommon, with just 10 copies listed on OCLC.
Octavo (245 154 mm), pp. 24. Wire-stitched in the original pictorial wrappers. Housed in modern tan half morocco, marbled boards, folding case, morocco patch label to the front board. Fine portrait illustration of Churchill to the front panel of the wraps. Wraps slightly spotted, staples rusting, separated at the spine towards the tail, light toning, a very good copy.
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