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Beating the Invader: Winston S. Churchill

Winston S. Churchill

Published by Ministry of Information, London (1941)

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About this Item: Ministry of Information, London, 1941. Leaflet. First edition. This item is from the personal collection of Churchill's bibliographer, Ronald I. Cohen. "If invasion comes, everyone - young or old, men and women - will be eager to play their part worthily." This wartime leaflet is a tangible reminder that, in the early days of 1941, the outcome of the war was not a foregone conclusion and Britain's peril was quite real. The leaflet provides instructions from the Ministry of Information and Prime Minister Winston Churchill regarding what to do in case of invasion. Measuring 11 inches by 8.25 inches, the leaflet is printed on both sides of a thin, single sheet of paper. On March 10, 1941, at the request of the Ministry of Information, Churchill wrote the introduction to this leaflet. His introduction takes up two-thirds of the first page. After sober consideration of the timing and effect of such a message to the British people, the War Cabinet decided on April 24, 1941 to print more than 14 million copies and distribute the leaflet to all British households. Today these leaflets are scarce. In his Bibliography, Ronald Cohen writes: "The huge print run might leave one with the impression that the leaflet would be commonly found today. It was, however, only a leaflet anticipating an event that never came to pass. Few copies have survived." Here is a quite respectable example. The paper is clean apart from two spots in the left column and complete apart from a less than .5 inch split and small loss at the right edge of the horizontal fold. Age-toning is moderate and uniform. We note no other wear apart from the customary vertical and horizontal creases. Bibliographic reference: Cohen B76.1, Woods A69. Seller Inventory # 003171

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Beating the Invader: Winston S. Churchill

Winston S. Churchill

Published by Ministry of Information, London (1941)

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About this Item: Ministry of Information, London, 1941. Leaflet. First edition. "If invasion comes, everyone - young or old, men and women - will be eager to play their part worthily." This wartime leaflet is a tangible reminder that, in the early days of 1941, the outcome of the war was not a foregone conclusion and Britain's peril was quite real. The leaflet provides instructions from the Ministry of Information and Prime Minister Winston Churchill regarding what to do in case of invasion. Measuring 11 inches by 8.25 inches, the leaflet is printed on both sides of a thin, single sheet of paper. On March 10, 1941, at the request of the Ministry of Information, Churchill wrote the introduction to this leaflet. His introduction takes up two-thirds of the first page. After sober consideration of the timing and effect of such a message to the British people, the War Cabinet decided on April 24, 1941 to print more than 14 million copies and distribute the leaflet to all British households. Today these leaflets are scarce. In his Bibliography, Ronald Cohen writes: "The huge print run might leave one with the impression that the leaflet would be commonly found today. It was, however, only a leaflet anticipating an event that never came to pass. Few copies have survived." Here is a very good plus, notably clean and complete example for collectors. The paper suffers no losses, no spotting, and no soiling. We note only a very faint "5591" in pencil to the blank bottom margin of the verso which we have not attempted to erase. Searching for flaws, we observe truly trivial wear along the left edge. The age-toning is moderate and uniform. The only creasing marks noted are the customary horizontal and vertical folds, but this copy must have been long stored flat, as the original folds are faint. There is slight wear and creasing along the top edge. Not quite fine, but certainly a collector-worthy copy of this fragile and compelling bit of wartime history. Bibliographic reference: Cohen B76, Woods A69. Seller Inventory # 003958

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Churchill, Winston

Published by Issued by the Ministry of Information, London (1941)

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From: Leakey's Bookshop Ltd. (Inverness, United Kingdom)

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About this Item: Issued by the Ministry of Information, London, 1941. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Broadsheet printed on both sides. 214x279mm A little toned and with minimal edge-wear. "(55001) Wt.46381/P1009 14,050,800 (2kds.)5/41 Hw. G.51" printed to bottom left of the recto. A scarce survival of a leaflet once ubiquitous. Seller Inventory # 12046M8b

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Churchill, Winston S.

Published by London Ministry of Information 1941 (1941)

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About this Item: London Ministry of Information 1941, 1941. Condition: very good. 1st edition, 1st state. 2pp. Single sheet printed on both sides. Creased from old folds. Slight soiling. Otherwise a well preserved copy. very good Woods A69: "There is also a later version of this leaflet, overprinted in red in the top left-hand corner, with a message regarding the evacuation of invaded areas." This copy has no red overprinting and is therefor the first state. The document is Churchill's message to the people of England regarding what to do in case of invasion. His personal message is followed by 14 notes which Churchill says "should be carefully studied.". The subtitles for each section, some of which contain multiple notes, are: "Stand Firm," "Carry on," "Advice and Orders," "Instructions," "Food," "News," "Motor-Cars," and "The Enemy.". Seller Inventory # 127718

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