London: Thornton Butterworth, Ltd., 1929. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. This is a superior jacketed British first edition, first printing, of the fifth book in Churchill's acclaimed history of the First World War, which he titled "The World Crisis". This volume deals with the postwar years 1918 to 1928. Churchill was in a special position to write this history, having served both in the Cabinet and on the Front. First Lord of the Admiralty from 1911 until 1915, after the failure in the Dardanelles and the slaughter at Gallipoli, Churchill was scapegoated and forced to resign. He spent political exile as a lieutenant colonel leading a battalion in the trenches. Before war's end, Churchill was exonerated and rejoined the Government, but the stigma would linger. Churchill may have meant for his history of the First World War to clear his name, but his six volume masterwork far exceeds this purpose.
This first edition, first printing is an excellent example, near fine in a jacket approaching near fine. The blue cloth binding is square, clean, bright, and tight with sharp corners and vivid spine gilt. We note only slight blistering of the covers beside the hinges, which is endemic to the edition. The contents are beautifully crisp and bright. The book feels unread. We find no previous ownership marks. Spotting is nearly absent, with just a handful of barely noticeable spots confined to the otherwise clean fore edge. Differential toning to the endpapers corresponding to the dust jacket flaps confirms that this copy has spent life jacketed. The dust jacket is complete apart from fractional chipping to the spine ends, and notably clean, with modest, uniform spine toning. There are short closed tears and wrinkling to the top .5 inch of the spine head. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover.
Reference: Cohen A69.2(IV).b, Woods/ICS A31(ab), Langworth p.105. Item #003426