Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1949. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Here is a full set of U.S. editions of Churchill's postwar speeches in the scarce dust jackets. These volumes span the period from immediately after the second World War, when Churchill was Leader of the Opposition, through the end of 1952, during his second Premiership. The events encompassed by these years are in many ways no less dramatic than those of the war years - the unraveling of the British Empire, the post-war recovery, the beginning of the Cold War, Soviet acquisition of the atomic bomb and U.S. invention of the hydrogen bomb. The U.S. postwar speeches were published in very small numbers, making jacketed U.S. editions much scarcer than their British counterparts. Collectors should note that the U.S. postwar speeches comprise only four volumes, as the fifth and final volume, The Unwritten Alliance, had no U.S. edition.
This set features fine volumes in very good dust jackets. All four volumes are square, clean, and tight with sharp corners and virtually no wear. The contents of all four volumes are bright with no spotting and no previous owner inscriptions or bookplates. Even the page edges are clean. The only trivial defect to report is mild age toning to the page edges of the first two volumes. All four dust jackets are unclipped, retaining the original front flap prices. The Stemming the Tide dust jacket is clean and bright, retaining unfaded red spine lettering and a bright white rear panel, but with shallow chipping at the spine head, a small loss at the rear hinge, and minor wear to the front panel edges. The In the Balance dust jacket shows fractional chipping at the spine ends, minor wear at the front cover corners, and moderate spine toning, but still retains decent red color and clearly legible printing. The Europe Unite dust jacket is only slightly spine toned, with minor wear at the extremities and a one inch closed tear with associated creasing at the upper edge of the front panel. The Sinews of Peace dust jacket is bright and clean with minor wear to extremities and a .25 inch chip at the upper front hinge. All four dust jackets are protected in removable, archival quality clear covers.
Reference: Cohen A241.2, A246.2, A255.2, A264.2; Woods/ICS A124(b), A128(b), A130(b), A137(b); Langworth pages 285, 297, 302, 310. Item #002203