The Great War.
Fully Illustrated with Photographs, Drawings and Maps.London: George Newnes, 1934 Stock Code: 145870
The first illustrated edition of The World Crisis, rechristened The Great War, in the deluxe half morocco binding.
Working with astonishing speed and energy, Churchill produced this mammoth history of the First World War in the aftermath of electoral defeat. The work, first published without illustrations from 1923 to 1931, deals with his reorganization of the Royal Navy in the years leading up to the War, defends his Gallipoli policy, and criticizes Haig's strategy. John Buchan considered these volumes "the best thing anyone has done in contemporary history since Clarendon" (Cohen A69).
"Although parts of The World Crisis were highly autobiographical, drawing on documents from Churchill's private papers, the book as a whole was a stupendous narrative of the war in Europe featuring masterly set-piece accounts of major battles. Dictated to secretaries as he strode up and down the room, it exhibited his passionate interest in war and his romantic conception of the 'true glory' of the troops who perished on the Somme" (ODNB).
This first illustrated edition was first published in 26 fortnightly parts in 1933, prior to the publication in book form here in 1934. The book form was issued in the present deluxe half morocco format, and a standard binding of purple cloth.
3 volumes, large octavo. Original red half morocco, spines lettered in gilt, red cloth sides, red speckled edges.
Newspaper article loosely inserted without offsetting. Spines lightly sunned, patches of minor rubbing, some foxing; a very good set.
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