Step By Step: 1936-1939


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CHURCHILL, Winston. Step By Step: 1936-1939. London: Thornton Butterworth, (1939). Octavo, original green cloth, original dust jacket.

First edition of this collection of Churchill’s newspaper coverage of the events leading up to the Second World War, with folding map at rear, in original cloth and with scarce original dust jacket.

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. Armorial bookplate.

Book near with faint foxing to preliminary and concluding pages and only slightest toning to spine. Dust jacket entirely unrestored with only a couple tiny spots of soiling and a bit of wear and toning to extremities. An extremely good copy.

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