The Second World War, full set of six British first editions with interesting provenance. Winston S. Churchill.
The Second World War, full set of six British first editions with interesting provenance
The Second World War, full set of six British first editions with interesting provenance
The Second World War, full set of six British first editions with interesting provenance
The Second World War, full set of six British first editions with interesting provenance
The Second World War, full set of six British first editions with interesting provenance
The Second World War, full set of six British first editions with interesting provenance

The Second World War, full set of six British first editions with interesting provenance

London: Cassell and Company, Ltd. 1948. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Here is a full set of jacketed British first editions of The Second World War, previously owned by a British officer and Japanese prisoner of war. "We were all surprised at the result of the Election and sorry for Churchill, but I feel that a change of Govt may be no bad thing. It looks as if things are going to be pretty tight if not critical for England during the next five years but I feel confident that providing everyone realises the position and we put our backs into it as we did during the War we shall pull through & together with the Empire retain our position in the world." So wrote Captain T. C. "Tom" Eaton of the 4th Battalion, The Royal Norfolk Regiment to his parents on 16 September 1945. Eaton was a Japanese prisoner of war liberated from captivity in August 1945. The sole previous ownership mark in this set is Captain Eaton's name inked on the first free endpaper: "T.C. Eaton | 2 October 1948." Laid in Volume I we find a handwritten personal note on stationery with a Norwich address addressed to Tom: "10/1/53 | Dear Tom,| Many thanks for the | loan of a most interesting book | which I return herewith. | What about renewing | our squash encounters? | Yours sc, | John." Some of Eaton's letters to his parents are preserved. Together with Captain Eaton's name in this book and the personal note from 1953, they provide a fascinating window into the arc from extraordinary times and trials to receding history and reestablished normalcy during and following the Second World War. Printed copies of the text of two September 1945 letters from captain Eaton to his parents, both available in online archives, are included with this set. Captain Eaton's comment about Churchill's electoral defeat seems to neatly encapsulate the contemporary mood of the British electorate at the time Eaton achieved his freedom and Churchill himself received the less welcome gift of his own freedom from the premiership. Published in six volumes in Britain between 1948 and 1954, The Second World War is Churchill's history of the epic 20th Century struggle that was so indelibly stamped by his leadership. Having done so much to win the war, Churchill faced frustration of his postwar plans when his wartime government fell to Labor in the General Election of July 1945. This full set of British first edition, first printings is about very good in very good dust jackets, clean and certainly respectable, rendered more interesting of course by the provenance. Jacketed British first edition sets in marginal condition are not uncommon. However, the coarse cloth bindings of this edition proved susceptible to soiling and mildew, the contents (printed on post-war "Economy Standards" paper) proved highly prone to spotting, the red-stained top edges are most often severely faded, and the dust jackets proved exceptionally vulnerable to pronounced spine toning. Here the black cloth bindings remain square, clean, and tight with bright spine gilt. The contents are notably clean. Of particular note, we find none of the spotting endemic to this edition with the trivial exception of perhaps a dozen small spots confined to the top edges of a few volumes. There are no previous ownership marks other than that already mentioned on the Volume I first free endpaper. The red-stained top edges are uniformly sunned to light pink. The dust jackets are highly complete and unclipped, still bearing the original front flap prices. The jacket spines show light wear and fractional chipping at the spine ends, as well as even toning across all six jacket spines which has left the red subtitles still legible, but faint. The dust jackets are protected in removable, archival quality clear covers. Please note that this set may require additional postage. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A240.4(I-VI).a, Woods/ICS A123(ba), Langworth p.264. Very good / Very good. Item #002953

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