The Second World War, full set of six British first editions, finely bound in full red morocco. Winston S. Churchill.
The Second World War, full set of six British first editions, finely bound in full red morocco
The Second World War, full set of six British first editions, finely bound in full red morocco
The Second World War, full set of six British first editions, finely bound in full red morocco
The Second World War, full set of six British first editions, finely bound in full red morocco

The Second World War, full set of six British first editions, finely bound in full red morocco

London: Cassell and Company Ltd., 1948. British first edition, first printing. Full leather. This is a full, six-volume British first edition first printing set of Winston Churchill’s The Second World War, finely bound in full red morocco goatskin. The bindings feature gilt rule borders on the front and rear covers, hubbed spines with gilt rules framing the raised bands and gilt lions rampant in the unprinted compartments. The contents are bound with head and foot bands, fine stock endsheets, and all page edges gilt. Condition of the set is fine. The bindings are exceptional, without discernible soiling fading, or wear. The contents are suited to the fine bindings, unusually clean, with no previous ownership marks and just an occasional hint of the spotting endemic to the edition, confined to a few pages in a few of the volumes. The gilt edges are bright and clean. The Second World War is 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." The first volume of Churchill’s history was published in 1948, three years after the war ended. The sixth and final volume was published in 1954, during Churchill’s second and final premiership. The coarse cloth bindings of the British first edition proved susceptible to soiling and mildew, the contents (printed on post-war "Economy Standards" paper) proved highly prone to spotting, and the red-stained top edges often severely faded. This finely bound first edition set is hence a handsome alternative to original bindings. 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 #004924

Price: $2,000.00