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. This is a full, jacketed 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. This is an atypically clean set with superior shelf appearance. 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. This set suffers few of the typical deficiencies, comprised of near fine first edition, first printing volumes and dust jackets. We find it increasingly difficult to offer sets thus. The jackets are noteworthy for bright, uniform shelf appearance. We note vividly bright red subtitles on all six dust jackets and no discernible color shift between the jacket faces and spines. All six jackets are unclipped, retaining their original front flap prices. The only appreciable signs of wear are a faint, old cello-tape stain to a 1.5 inch closed tear on the lower left Vol. I front face, a .25 inch closed tear to the Vol. I upper front hinge, and three stray, unobtrusive red marks, each no more than .5 inch long, two on the lower Vol. IV spine, one on the lower Vol. III spine. The dust jackets are protected beneath removable, archival quality clear covers. The volumes beneath are square, clean, bright and tight. We would grade them as “fine” rather than “near fine” if not for modest spotting confined to the page edges. The red top stain remains impressively dark and unfaded across all six volumes. The sole previous ownership mark in the set is a discreet inked previous owner name on the Vol. I upper front free endpaper verso. 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." 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 #005053

Price: $900.00

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