The Second World War, Chartwell Edition. Winston S. Churchill.
The Second World War, Chartwell Edition
The Second World War, Chartwell Edition
The Second World War, Chartwell Edition
The Second World War, Chartwell Edition
The Second World War, Chartwell Edition
The Second World War, Chartwell Edition

The Second World War, Chartwell Edition

London: Educational Book Company, 1954. Illustrated Edition. Hardcover. This is a superior set of the first illustrated edition of The Second World War, beautifully preserved in the publisher’s original glassine dust wrappers. The first illustrated “Chartwell” edition of The Second World War was published soon after the British first edition and is aesthetically superior in every respect. It is also the final text, "in which all those first minor errors are corrected", according to the author. This particular edition is not only collectible, but also stands the test of time as among the most aesthetically pleasing and the most pleasant to actually read, The standard binding for this issue was a bright red embossed calico-grain cloth stamped in gilt with brown leather spine labels and another rectangular brown leather label on the front cover bearing a blind-stamped profile of Churchill. The books have an agreeable weight and size, measuring roughly 9.75 x 6.75 inches. The boards are stout and the spines have extensively gilt and blind ruled panels. The endpapers are dark red and the top edges of the pages are stained red. The text is entirely reset from the first edition and features hundreds of illustrations. Each volume also contains a color frontispiece and three-color maps. The very attractiveness of the sets invited handling, and the course red cloth is often scuffed, faded, and soiled, with the leather labels chipped. This set suffers none of those defects, and is a time capsule, preserved beneath the original glassine dust wrappers. Condition is better than near fine. The original glassine has done its job, suffering in lieu of the books it protected beneath. In brief, the glassine is variously worn and torn with losses, particularly on Volume I, and some staining to the spines. All six bindings beneath the glassine are vividly bright and unusually clean with no appreciable wear. We note only a tiny dark mark to the lower Volume III spine and a touch of mottling to the edges of a few boards. The contents are crisp and bright with perfect, unfaded topstain. We find no previous ownership marks. The only appreciable sign of age is a hint of spotting that appears confined to a few fore and bottom edges. We seldom encounter sets thus. The Second World War is Churchill's history of the epic 20th Century struggle that was so indelibly stamped by his leadership. Seldom, if ever, has history endowed a statesman with both singular ability to make history, and singular ability to write it. As with so much of what Churchill wrote, The Second World War is not "history" in the strictly academic, objectivist sense, but rather Churchill's perspective on history. In his March 1948 introduction to the first volume, Churchill himself made the disclaimer, "I do not describe it as history... it is a contribution to history..." Nonetheless the compelling fact remains, as stated by Churchill himself, "I am perhaps the only man who has passed through both the two supreme cataclysms of recorded history in high Cabinet office... I was for more than five years in this second struggle with Germany the Head of His Majesty's government. I write, therefore, from a different standpoint and with more authority than was possible in my earlier books." Certainly The Second World War may be regarded as an intensely personal and inherently biased history. Nonetheless, Churchill's work remains essential, iconic, and a compelling part of the historical record. It has been called "indispensable reading for anyone who seeks a true understanding of the war that made us what we are today." Please anticipate that this large, heavy set may require additional shipping charges. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A240.7.b, Woods/ICS A123(d) Langworth p.269. Item #005656

Price: $675.00

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