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[The Second World War, Brazilian] A Segunda Guerra Mundial.

São Paulo: Companhia Editora Nacional, 1948-54 Stock Code: 33676
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First Brazilian editions, eight of the ten volumes signed or inscribed by Winston Churchill.

In fact what is here is: "Volumes I to IV in 6 parts, Volumes III and IV are in two parts each, and volume VI which is in two parts, a total of 8 parts. So we are lacking Volume V, presumed to be in two parts. There are also unsigned duplicates of Volumes I & II. Cohen states in his bibliography that despite slow sales "all twelve volumes were in fact issued", but it seems unlikely that the fifth volume would have required 4 volumes to complete, so we are presuming that the set in fact completed in 10 parts. I have tried to clarify this with reference to institutional listings for the edition, but as WorldCat locates just a single copy of Volume I - at the University of Toronto - this has proved impossible. A very scarce edition.

The inscriptions in the eight volumes are as follow; "Inscribed by Winston Churchill 1948" in the first volume; "Winston S. Churchill, 1950" in the second; the 3rd and 4th, in two volumes each, are signed in each part with an abbreviated signature "WSChurchill" that he sometimes used when signing large numbers at a sitting; volume VI is signed, "Winston S. Churchill, 1956" in the first part, and "WSChurchill 1956" in the second."

From the library of Emery Reves, Churchill's literary agent. Reves had been instrumental in promoting Churchill's pre-war international profile by the worldwide syndication of many of his prophetic articles during the late 1930s. Their association blossomed again when Reves negotiated the sale of the US rights for The Second World War, and purchased the international rights himself, selling serialization to 27 newspapers across the globe and securing book rights in 11 European countries. Churchill said of this feat: "I am sure that no one could have done it except Reves who buzzed around the world for nearly a year making contracts." They subsequently worked closely together on the book itself, Reves having what Martin Gilbert has described as "considerable editorial input".

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10 volumes only (of 12, lacking pts. 9-10), octavo. Original printed paper wrappers.


A little wear to spine ends, one volume slightly split at top of front joint, an excellent set.


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