First edition, first printing of Why England Slept by John F. Kennedy.
Octavo, xxx, 252pp, . Red cloth boards, title stamped in white over blue, light wear to top edge of spine. First printing, with no additional printings mentioned on the copyright page. Solid text block, free of any marks or notations. (Newcomb 10) In publisher’s first state dust jacket, $2.00 price on front flap, blurb by Henry R. Luce on back panel and no mention of later printings on front panel. Some loss to top edge of spine, faint toning to spine, chipping along top edge, an overall bright and attractive example of this scarce dust jacket .
Why England Slept is an expansion of John F. Kennedy’s Harvard Thesis, which examines England’s lack of preparedness for the rising threat of World War II.