London, George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., 1938 (first edition).
Octavo, 466 pages plus a frontispiece portrait.
Blue cloth a little marked and unevenly sunned on the spine; ownership signature on the front flyleaf (dated 10 June 1953) and rear pastedown; small paper label of the Adelaide booksellers F.W. Preece Limited on the front pastedown; top edge dyed blue, others a little tanned; half-title and last page (a blank) offset, presumably as ever; light red pencilling to approximately half the pages (this is often no more than a short line in the margin alongside a paragraph, and it can be erased - we've done a few - but there are too many of them to bother, and on other pages several paragraphs are marked and several lines of text are underlined; notwithstanding (if you can stand it), a very good copy with the first-state dustwrapper (light blue paper printed in dark blue) creased, chipped and marked, with the spine sunned and lacking the bottom third. The British price has been clipped from the foot of the front flap, and a paper label with the Australasian price has been applied to the spine; it would appear that this price in turn became unfit for purpose and was hole-punched out. The used dustwrapper is probably much rarer than the misused book, so we'll put a price on the former, and toss the book in for the cost of the postage.
'Churchill has, during the six years 1932-38, achieved an extraordinary ascendancy in the House of Commons.... This book ... comprises more than forty of the speeches which he has delivered during this time on the paramount topics of foreign affairs and national defence. These speeches reveal two main consistent themes. Since as far back as 1932 Mr Churchill has been warning the House of Commons and the country of the rapidity and scale of German rearmament and of the need for Britain to rearm in the face of that menace ... as the last few speeches show, he is still an optimist and believes that a way is still open whereby the peace of Europe may be saved'.