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

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

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, 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 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 features very good plus or better volumes in very good dust jackets. The black cloth bindings are square, clean, and tight with sharp corners and bright spine gilt. The contents remain unusually clean. We find no previous ownership marks. Spotting is remarkably light for the edition, primarily confined to the Volume I & II page edges. The red-stained top edges vary from strong color to only moderate sunning. The dust jackets are all unclipped, retaining the original lower front flap prices. The jackets are complete apart from fractional chipping to the Volume I jacket spine ends and corners, though this jacket compensates with exceptionally bright shelf appearance. The jackets show no appreciable soiling. The red spine subtitles all remain legible, though most do show mild evidence of the spine toning endemic to the edition. 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 #003770

Price: $750.00

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