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(CHURCHILL, Winston S.) STEAD, William T. (ed).

Coming Men on Coming Questions.

[including Churchill's "Why I am a Free Trader".

London: [Review of Reviews,] 1905 Stock Code: 134724
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First editions, pamphlet issues, of this series intended "when completed as a handy encyclopaedia of facts and figures - political, social, and biographical - covering most of the important questions to be dealt with in the new parliament" (Prefatory Notice). Churchill's contribution represents the 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 summarises 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". Other contributors include Keir Hardie on "The Citizenship of Women", Balfour on "The Defence of the Empire", Ramsay Macdonald "The Labour Party", Rider Haggard "Back the Land!", and "Lord Esher on the Army". These essays were published later in the year in book form, see Cohen B3; Woods B2. Handsomely bound volume accompanied by the silver City and Guilds Technological Examination 1st Prize "Bookbinding (Forwarding)" medal in its original plush-lined box, presented in 1907 to Samuel William Butcher of London Borough Polytechnic, along with a 2 cash prize from the Skinner's Company, for his work on this book.

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Octavo (235 x 143 mm). Contemporary mid-brown morocco, title gilt direct to the spine, low flat bands with gilt scrolled roll, double panel with fleuron corners in blind to both boards, edges sprinkled brown, marbled endpapers.


Eighteen halftone portraits from the front panels of the pamphlet wraps clipped and mounted on thicker paper, most with letterpress captions, similarly clipped, beneath.


Lightly rubbed at the extremities and on the cords, pale toning of the text-block, overall very good.


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