The Second World War
[The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy.]
First editions, volume I the Book Society issue (Cohen A240.4(I).c) – which was offered at 25s as a joint choice for October and November, so as not to break their rule that no non-fiction work would be offered at more than 15s – the rest first impressions. From the library of Colonel John Jestyn “Jay” Llewellin, later Baron Llewellin who held a number of key posts in Churchill’s war-time Cabinet, and inscribed by Churchill on the half-title of volume I, “Winston S. Churchill, 1954,” and signed on the front free endpapers of volumes II-V, and the half-title of vol. VI. Llewellin was Conservative MP for Uxbridge from 1929-45, he was briefly President of the Board of Trade before taking the vital post of Minister of Aircraft Production, presiding over the improvement of aircraft production “out of all recognition”, and in which capacity he sat on the Anglo-American-Canadian Combined Policy Committee set up under the Quebec Agreement to push forward the “Tube Alloys” project towards a working Allied atomic bomb; subsequently he became Minister of Food, 1943-5. After the War he served as Governor-General of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland between 1953 and his death in 1957. An excellent set of Churchill’s masterful history from the library of a key war-time Cabinet colleague. A letter affirming the provenance loosely inserted.
6 volumes, octavo. Original black cloth, titles to spines gilt, red top-stain, in dust jackets. Illustrated with maps and diagrams. Cloth a little rubbed, mild foxing to the edges, top-stain variably faded, errata and corrigenda inked into volume I, but overall a very good set.
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