Melbourne & Sydney: Cassell and Company Ltd., 1942. 1st Edition. Hardcover. This is a full set of Australian first editions of Winston Churchill's war speeches. During his long public life, Winston Churchill played many roles worthy of historical note - member of Parliament for more than half a century, distinguished soldier and war correspondent, author of scores of books, ardent social reformer, combative cold warrior, Nobel Prize winner. But more than anything else, it was Winston Churchill's leadership during the Second World War that made him a preeminent historical figure. Here is a full set of first Australian editions of Churchill's war speeches - the soaring and defiant oratory that sustained his countrymen and inspired the free world during the greatest war the world has ever known. Of Churchill, Edward R. Murrow said: "He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle." In Australia, Churchill's war speeches were published in six individual volumes between 1942 and 1946.
Collectors should note that there are only six volumes (rather than the seven published in Britain and the U.S.) because there was no Australian issue of Into Battle. Here is a full jacketed set of all six Australian editions, which are far more scarce than the British and U.S. editions and rarely seen jacketed thus.
This is a very good set in very good overall dust jackets. The bindings are all clean, tight, and square with only trivial wear. All six bindings remain bright, apart from small sunned portions at the spine ends corresponding to dust jacket losses on the Unrelenting Struggle and End of the Beginning volumes. The contents of all six volumes remain bright and clean. Light spotting is confined to the page edges and the pastedowns of Secret Session Speeches. The few previous ownership marks within are contemporary - a gift inscription in pencil on The End of the Beginning ffep dated "12/6/44" and an inked gift inscription on the Secret Session speeches ffep dated "Xmas 1946". Externally, the same owner's name ("H. W. Cox") is inked to the top edges of three volumes - The End of the Beginning, Onwards to Victory, and The Dawn of Liberation. We also note small Sydney bookshop stickers affixed to the front pastedown corners of the first and final volumes. All dust jackets are unclipped and notably bright with various minor wear and losses to spine ends and corners. Session Speeches is the rarest of the dust jackets, and this copy, though worn, is notable for having only minor loss at the spine ends and upper front corner. All six dust jackets are protected in removable clear covers.
Reference: A172.4, A183.4, A194.4, A214.4, A223.4, A227.4; Woods/ICS A89(d), A94(d), A101(d), A107(d), A112(d), A114(d); Langworth pages 215, 221, 225, 230, 236, 252. Item #002332