London: Cassell and Company, 1946. [History] FIRST EDITION. Collected speeches, a paperback original. Octavo (22 x 14cm), pp.x, 271. Bound in light blue paper wraps with integral flaps, half-tone frontispiece photo. Printed on war economy standard paper which has some inevitable tanning, spine rolled with one-inch loss at foot. A superior copy of a fragile book. The first collected edition of the War Speeches, published as a paperback only in 1946. Includes 'The War Situation' speech delivered August 20th 1940; a rousing address notable for the inclusion of praise for British airmen; "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few" Item #53024
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