“ENTHRALLING… JOURNALISM AT ITS BEST”
CHURCHILL, Winston. Step By Step: 1936-1939. London: Thornton Butterworth, (1939). Octavo, modern three-quarter navy morocco, raised bands, spine decorated with gilt Churchill lion emblems, top edge gilt. $1100.
First edition of this collection of Churchill’s newspaper coverage of the events leading up to the Second World War, with one folding map, handsomely bound.
Step By Step contains 82 newspaper articles, originally published every two weeks from 1936 to 1939. "They are," Churchill writes, "at once a running commentary upon events as they happened or were about to happen, and a narrative of what we have lived through." Includes coverage of "the German reoccupation of the Rhineland in March 1936 through the Spanish Civil War, the Rome-Berlin-Tokyo Axis, Hitler's absorption of Austria and Czechoslovakia, President Roosevelt's inquiry about what Hitler and Mussolini intended for the States on their borders, to Churchill's May 1939 prediction that Hitler would next attack Poland… [Step By Step] is 'enthralling… journalism at its best'" (Langworth, 196-8). Cohen A111. Langworth, 198. Woods A45.