The World Crisis. Winston S. Churchill.
The World Crisis
The World Crisis
The World Crisis
The World Crisis

The World Crisis

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1949. First edition, third printing. Hardcover. Churchill's history of the First World War - which he titled "The World Crisis" - was originally published between 1923 and 1931. Of The World Crisis, Churchill bibliographer Frederick Woods wrote: "The volumes contain some of Churchill's finest writing, weaving the many threads together with majestic ease, describing the massive battles in terms which fitly combine relish of the literary challenge with an awareness of the sombre tragedy of the events." Churchill was in a unique position to write this history, having served both in the Cabinet and on the front; Churchill was First Lord of the Admiralty until 1915 and then, after bearing blame for the Dardanelles tragedy, served as a lieutenant colonel leading a battalion in the trenches. This important edition is not just an abridgement. It incorporates revisions by Churchill with new material, including a whole new chapter on the Battle of the Marne, as well as a new introduction. The U.S. edition preceded the British, making it the true first edition. There were three printings of the U.S. first abridged and revised edition - 1931, 1942, and 1949. All three are quite scarce in the original dust jackets. Here is third printing. A large book and quality production, it is 866 pages with fold-out maps and illustrations, bound in an attractive, vertically scored red cloth. This copy is near-fine in a very good dust jacket. The red cloth binding is clean, bright, and square, marred only by a minor flaw to the spine gilt and trivial corner bumps. The contents are bright and clean. Even the text block edges are clean. No spotting. No inscriptions. A tiny Mexican bookseller's sticker on the rear pastedown is the only previous ownership mark. All fold-out maps and illustrations are present and pristine. The black dust jacket of this edition seemed to prove particularly susceptible to wear and scuffing, perhaps owing to the size and weight of the book. This is a much better than usual example. The jacket is unclipped, still bearing the original $7.50 price on the front flap. Trivial losses are confined to the spine ends. There is light wear at the extremities and hinges, and minor scuffing to the spine. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A69.5.c, Woods/ICS A31(ba), Langworth p.114. Near fine / Very good. Item #001469

Price: $350.00

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