The Great War. Winston S. Churchill.
The Great War
The Great War
The Great War

The Great War

London: George Newnes, Ltd., 1933. First Illustrated edition. Hardcover. This is the first illustrated edition of Winston Churchill's history of the First World War, bound in three volumes by the publisher in an elaborately decorated blue cloth. The World Crisis is Winston Churchill's epic history of the First World War, in which he played such a critical, controversial, and varied role. Of The World Crisis, Frederick Woods wrote: "The volumes contain some of Churchill's finest writing, weaving the many threads together with majestic ease, describing the massive battles in terms which fitly combine relish of the literary challenge with an awareness of the sombre tragedy of the events." Churchill was in a special position to write this history, having served both in the Cabinet and on the Front. First Lord of the Admiralty from 1911 until 1915, after the failure in the Dardanelles and the slaughter at Gallipoli, Churchill was scapegoated and forced to resign. He spent his political exile as a lieutenant colonel leading a battalion in the trenches. Before war's end, Churchill was exonerated and rejoined the Government, but the stigma would linger. Churchill may have meant for his history of the First World War to clear his name, but his six-volume work far exceeds this purpose. This is the first illustrated edition of The World Crisis, published under the title "The Great War". The publisher originally issued this edition in 26 individual magazine-style parts during 1933 and 1934, later offering several different binding options. The publisher’s binding offered here is quite striking, bound in vivid royal blue cloth richly decorated in gilt and blind stamping with a distinctive exploding world motif (which appears in gilt on the spine and in blind on the front cover). The paper itself is of heavy, quality stock, giving a singular weight and richness to this edition. Many sets are mismatched, with either Roman or Arabic numerals on the spines, either red-speckled or plain page edges, and differential toning or wear to the bindings. This particular set is good plus, showing some modest age and wear, but quite sound and truly matched. The blue cloth bindings are tight and retain their distinctively vivid color. All three bindings show wear to hinges and extremities and modest soiling and wear. The Volume I and III bindings have a forward lean. Nonetheless, spine presentation is quite respectable, with matching Roman numerals denoting the volume numbers. All three volumes feature matching red-speckled page edges. Within, we find no spotting and no previous ownership marks and spotting appears primarily confined to the endpapers. Please note that this large, heavy set may require additional postage. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A69.9.c, Woods/ICS A31(db), Langworth p.118. Item #005076

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