Item #1352 A Speech by The Prime Minister the Right Honourable Winston Churchill in the House of Commons August 20th, 1940. Winston Churchill, Spencer.
A Speech by The Prime Minister the Right Honourable Winston Churchill in the House of Commons August 20th, 1940
A Speech by The Prime Minister the Right Honourable Winston Churchill in the House of Commons August 20th, 1940
A Speech by The Prime Minister the Right Honourable Winston Churchill in the House of Commons August 20th, 1940
"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."

A Speech by The Prime Minister the Right Honourable Winston Churchill in the House of Commons August 20th, 1940

[London]: [The Bayard Press], 1940. First edition. Printed wrappers. Octavo. 16 pages. Bound in pale matte blue stapled wrappers printed in maroon. Apart from some mild overall wrinkling to the pamphlet, this copy is free of noticeable defects. About fine.

Winston Churchill was a master orator, able to fire the courage and will of his countrymen through the shear force of his eloquence. And this particular speech may be the best example of that. It is the famous "Few" speech, delivered as England stood alone against Nazi and fascist aggression in Europe in 1940, while the fighter pilots of the Royal Air Force (the "Few") fought off the unrelenting, ongoing German air attack during the Battle of Britain.

This is the first printing of the famous speech, on page 10 of which Churchill immortalizes the RAF fighter pilots with the line, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."

The important survey of the impact of print on 500 years of Western Civilization, "Printing and the Mind of Man" (PMM), recognizes the historical significance of this particular printed Churchill speech by inclusion as item 424 therein.

This is a particularly nice copy of this important speech in terms of condition. Binding is secure, minimal rustiness to binding staples at centerfold (none externally), with covers and interior very clean.

A significant and tangible piece of 20th century history.

Ref. WOODS A60(a); PMM 424.


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