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CHURCHILL, Winston S.

The World Crisis:...

1911-1914; 1915; 1916-1918 Part I; 1916-1918 Part II; The Aftermath; The Eastern Front.

Availability: In stock

Published: London Thornton Butterworth, 1923-31

Stock Code: 127011

£2,000
OR On display in 100 Fulham Road

Notes

First editions, first impressions. The first volume in third state, with the errata slip at p. 9, and the fifth volume is in the first state, without the errata slip. 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). "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). The publisher's publicity slip is laid in.

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Description

5 works in 6 volumes, octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spines gilt and front covers blind.

Illustrations

Illustrated throughout with maps and charts (many folding).

Condition

Pencil ownership inscriptions partially erased from front endpapers of several volumes. Spines slightly bumped, a few light marks to covers but overall bright, small stamp to bottom edge of one volume, mild foxing to edges and contents. A very good set.

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