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CHURCHILL, Winston S.

The Second World War....

[The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy.]

Availability: In stock

Published: London Cassell & Co. Ltd, 1948-54

Stock Code: 129492

£3,850
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

First UK editions, first impressions, of Churchill's masterpiece, in a highly attractive binding. The Second World War ranks as one of the supreme historical achievements of the 20th century, and is commonly cited as a major factor in Churchill being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. A man who had always primarily made his living by his pen, Churchill was the only major war leader to give an authoritative account of the conflict, and his ringing phrases seeped into the collective memory. As Max Beloff observed, there was no statesman of the twentieth century "whose retrospective accounts of the great events in which he has taken part have so dominated subsequent historical thinking". The UK editions were published a few months after the US editions and, unlike the latter, included Churchill's last-minute revisions.

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Description

6 volumes, octavo (205 x 134 mm). Near-contemporary red crushed morocco by Asprey's, spines lettered in gilt, gilt beaded roll to spine bands and single rule to spine compartments, single gilt fillet to covers, marbled endpapers, gilt edges.

Illustrations

Maps and diagrams, some folding.

Condition

Front endpaper of vol. I lightly creased, a few minor marks to morocco, rear cover of vol. VI with repeated indentations and with pastedown slightly lifted through damp, volume number of vol. VI misnumbered and altered. A very good set.

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