The World Crisis.
[1911-1914; 1915; 1916-1918 Part I; 1916-1918 Part II; The Aftermath; The Eastern Front.]London : 1923-31 Stock Code: 136731
NotesFirst editions, first impressions. Volume 1 is the first state with the correct quotation mark in the footnote on p. 472 and with the errata slip tipped onto p. 339; volumes 2, 3, and 5 are first impressions, and volume 4 is the second state of the first impression. Working with astonishing speed and energy, Churchill produced this mammoth history of the First World War in the aftermath of electoral defeat. The work deals with his reorganization of the Royal Navy in the years leading up to the War, defends his Gallipoli policy, and criticises Haig's strategy.
John Buchan considered these volumes "the best thing anyone has done in contemporary history since Clarendon" (Cohen A69). "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).
5 works in 6 volumes, octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spines gilt and front covers blind, couple of volumes with bottom edges untrimmed.
Illustrated throughout with maps and charts (many folding).
Book label of The Times Book Club to rear pastedown of vols. I and III. Spines slightly cocked, spine ends and tips bumped and rubbed, edges foxed, vol I. with some marking to front cover, slight offsetting to endpapers. A very good set.
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