[The Second World War, in Spanish] Memorias...
La Segunda Guerra Mundial. Volumen I, II [publisher's samples or blads].Barcelona, Los Libros de nos Tiempo,  Stock Code: 33666
NotesTwo sections of the first two volumes of the Spanish edition produced as salesmen's samples. Both signed "Winston S. Churchill" and dated 1949. Unmarked as such, but 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". José Janés, the editor of this series in Spain, was one of those who was early to sign a contract with Reves. The Spanish edition was evidently also issued in fascicles, "part issue", with tokens which could be redeemed, on completion of the volume, for the binding. By way of promotion, the wraps of the second fascicle have a crossword competition the prize for which was a complete set of the Memorias once issued.
2 volumes, octavo. Original wrappers, partly unopened.
In very good condition.
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