Into Battle, the first volume of Churchill's war speeches, with a wartime inscription from Churchill to his War Office photographer, accompanied by a full set of British first editions, first printings - The Unrelenting Struggle, The End of the Beginning, Onwards to Victory, The Dawn of Liberation, Victory, and Secret Session Speeches. Winston S. Churchill.
Into Battle, the first volume of Churchill's war speeches, with a wartime inscription from Churchill to his War Office photographer, accompanied by a full set of British first editions, first printings - The Unrelenting Struggle, The End of the Beginning, Onwards to Victory, The Dawn of Liberation, Victory, and Secret Session Speeches
Into Battle, the first volume of Churchill's war speeches, with a wartime inscription from Churchill to his War Office photographer, accompanied by a full set of British first editions, first printings - The Unrelenting Struggle, The End of the Beginning, Onwards to Victory, The Dawn of Liberation, Victory, and Secret Session Speeches
Into Battle, the first volume of Churchill's war speeches, with a wartime inscription from Churchill to his War Office photographer, accompanied by a full set of British first editions, first printings - The Unrelenting Struggle, The End of the Beginning, Onwards to Victory, The Dawn of Liberation, Victory, and Secret Session Speeches
Into Battle, the first volume of Churchill's war speeches, with a wartime inscription from Churchill to his War Office photographer, accompanied by a full set of British first editions, first printings - The Unrelenting Struggle, The End of the Beginning, Onwards to Victory, The Dawn of Liberation, Victory, and Secret Session Speeches
Into Battle, the first volume of Churchill's war speeches, with a wartime inscription from Churchill to his War Office photographer, accompanied by a full set of British first editions, first printings - The Unrelenting Struggle, The End of the Beginning, Onwards to Victory, The Dawn of Liberation, Victory, and Secret Session Speeches
Into Battle, the first volume of Churchill's war speeches, with a wartime inscription from Churchill to his War Office photographer, accompanied by a full set of British first editions, first printings - The Unrelenting Struggle, The End of the Beginning, Onwards to Victory, The Dawn of Liberation, Victory, and Secret Session Speeches
Into Battle, the first volume of Churchill's war speeches, with a wartime inscription from Churchill to his War Office photographer, accompanied by a full set of British first editions, first printings - The Unrelenting Struggle, The End of the Beginning, Onwards to Victory, The Dawn of Liberation, Victory, and Secret Session Speeches
Into Battle, the first volume of Churchill's war speeches, with a wartime inscription from Churchill to his War Office photographer, accompanied by a full set of British first editions, first printings - The Unrelenting Struggle, The End of the Beginning, Onwards to Victory, The Dawn of Liberation, Victory, and Secret Session Speeches
Into Battle, the first volume of Churchill's war speeches, with a wartime inscription from Churchill to his War Office photographer, accompanied by a full set of British first editions, first printings - The Unrelenting Struggle, The End of the Beginning, Onwards to Victory, The Dawn of Liberation, Victory, and Secret Session Speeches

Into Battle, the first volume of Churchill's war speeches, with a wartime inscription from Churchill to his War Office photographer, accompanied by a full set of British first editions, first printings - The Unrelenting Struggle, The End of the Beginning, Onwards to Victory, The Dawn of Liberation, Victory, and Secret Session Speeches

London: Cassell and Company Ltd., 1942-1946. First edition, mixed printings. Hardcover. This a full set of seven British first editions of Churchill’s war speeches volumes. The first volume, Into Battle, is a significant association copy, inscribed to Churchill's War Office official photographer. The inked, five-line inscription on the first free endpaper reads: "Winston S. Churchill | To | Major | W. G. Horton | With best wishes". Into Battle is the first edition, tenth printing of December 1943. The other six volumes are first edition, first printing. The War Office assigned Major William G. Horton to Churchill throughout the Second World War. Horton began the war as a captain and was with Churchill for the secret "Atlantic Conference" in Placentia Bay off Newfoundland. On 10 August 1941 Horton took a famous photo of Churchill welcoming President Roosevelt and his son, Elliott, aboard HMS Prince of Wales, developing the image in time to have it signed by both Churchill and Roosevelt. In December 1941, Horton was again with Churchill for the voyage on the Duke of York to meet Roosevelt and address the U.S. Congress and Canadian Parliament. The Imperial War Museum holds numerous wartime images of Churchill taken by Horton, including another notable photo of Churchill in June 1942 making a radio address at his 10 Downing Street desk, clad in his 'siren suit'. In December 1942, as a Christmas gift, Churchill inscribed a copy of The Unrelenting Struggle to then still Captain Horton. Horton's War Office assignment to Churchill lasted the war. Horton took photographs on 21 February 1944 of Churchill inspecting bomb damage outside 10 Downing Street from a German raid the night before. (Gilbert, Volume VI, p.689, image No.21 at p.684) And on 8 May 1945, Horton photographed Churchill giving his WWII victory radio broadcast from 10 Downing Street. During the war, Horton was promoted from Captain to Major, certainly with Churchill's blessing, plausibly at his instigation. Into Battle contains speeches from May 1938, when Churchill was still out of favor and out of power, to November 1940, six months after Churchill became wartime Prime Minister. Of Churchill, Edward R. Murrow said: "He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle." William G. Horton witnessed and chronicled this time, making many of the images that illustrate Churchill's wartime narrative. Though the inscription is undated, it likely occurred between December 1943 publication of this tenth printing and May 1945 publication of the eleventh printing, and thus before Churchill's wartime premiership ended in July 1945. Whether this volume was to congratulate Horton's promotion to Major is unknown. Either way, it is an important wartime inscription, substantiating an association that spanned Churchill's wartime premiership. The inscribed volume is near-fine. The binding is square, clean, and tight with sharp corners, bright spine gilt, a small indentation to the front cover, and trivial wear to extremities. The contents are bright and clean with just a hint of page edge spotting. The dust jacket is about very good, unclipped with wear to extremities and hinges, minor chipping to edges and spine ends, and closed tears at the lower front hinge and upper front flap fold. The other six volumes are all first edition, first printing, extremely clean and bright copies, near fine or better in correct first printing dust jackets that are very good plus or better. Volumes II & VI are not only first edition, but first state, denoted by pagination errors. Though all six dust jackets are neatly price-clipped, all are unusually bright with only minor wear. The only notable flaw is a .75 inch closed tear and associated wrinkling near the head of the Volume IV spine. All seven dust jackets are protected in removable, archival quality clear covers. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A142.1.k, A172.1.a, A183.1.a, A194.1.a, A214.1.a, A223.1.b, A227.2.a; Woods/ICS A66(a.10); Langworth p.204. Item #003826

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