The Second World War, full set of six British first editions, inscribed in the first volume by the author's namesake grandson. Winston S. Churchill.
The Second World War, full set of six British first editions, inscribed in the first volume by the author's namesake grandson
The Second World War, full set of six British first editions, inscribed in the first volume by the author's namesake grandson
The Second World War, full set of six British first editions, inscribed in the first volume by the author's namesake grandson
The Second World War, full set of six British first editions, inscribed in the first volume by the author's namesake grandson
The Second World War, full set of six British first editions, inscribed in the first volume by the author's namesake grandson
The Second World War, full set of six British first editions, inscribed in the first volume by the author's namesake grandson
The Second World War, full set of six British first editions, inscribed in the first volume by the author's namesake grandson
The Second World War, full set of six British first editions, inscribed in the first volume by the author's namesake grandson
The Second World War, full set of six British first editions, inscribed in the first volume by the author's namesake grandson

The Second World War, full set of six British first editions, inscribed in the first volume by the author's namesake grandson

London: Cassell and Company, Ltd. 1948. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Here is a full set of British first editions of The Second World War, inscribed and dated by the author’s namesake grandson in Volume I. The inscription, inked in blue in four lines on the half title recto of The Gathering Storm, reads: “For Harvey | from | Winston S. Churchill | 9/11/92”. Winston S. Churchill (1940-2010), son of Randolph S. Churchill, was born exactly five months after his grandfather became wartime prime minister, days before the victorious conclusion to the Battle of Britain. The grandson ultimately served as a Conservative Member of Parliament for 27 years. The Second World War is Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill’s history of the epic 20th Century struggle that was so indelibly stamped by his leadership. Seldom, if ever, has history endowed a statesman with both singular ability to make history, and singular ability to write it. As with so much of what Churchill wrote, The Second World War is not "history" in the strictly academic, objectivist sense, but rather Churchill's perspective on history. In his March 1948 introduction to the first volume, Churchill himself made the disclaimer, "I do not describe it as history... it is a contribution to history..." Nonetheless the compelling fact remains, as stated by Churchill himself, "I am perhaps the only man who has passed through both the two supreme cataclysms of recorded history in high Cabinet office... I was for more than five years in this second struggle with Germany the Head of His Majesty's government. I write, therefore, from a different standpoint and with more authority than was possible in my earlier books." Certainly The Second World War may be regarded as an intensely personal and inherently biased history. Nonetheless, Churchill's work remains seminal, iconic, and a vital part of the historical record. Richard Langworth calls the six-volume epic "indispensable reading for anyone who seeks a true understanding of the war that made us what we are today." 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. Consequently, superior jacketed sets have become scarce. This set is superior to many we encounter, featuring near fine volumes in very good or better dust jackets. The black cloth bindings remain uniformly clean, tight, and square with bright spine gilt. The contents show none of the spotting endemic to the first edition. The red topstain is modestly sunned, but retains respectable color. The only previous ownership mark we find in the set is a gift inscription dated “Oct: 1948” – the month of publication - inked on the upper front free endpaper of The Gathering Storm. Laid in at volumes IV, V, and VI we also found original Harrods purchase receipts, all bearing the same owner name and address. The dust jackets are complete, with all original prices intact on the front flaps and no losses or tears. We note only some trivial wear to extremities and mild but even toning to the jacket spines, with the red subtitle lettering faded but still legible. All six dust jackets are protected with 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. Item #003485

Price: $950.00

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