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

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 set features particularly clean volumes in quite respectable dust jackets. 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 very good or better dust jackets. The set - both volumes and jackets - has an uncommonly clean feel to it. The black cloth bindings are uniformly square, clean, and tight with sharp corners. Moreover, the contents are quite clean. We find no previous ownership marks. The red topstain is pleasingly dark across all six volumes, only slightly sunned. The only detraction noted is a trivial hint of spotting to the otherwise clean fore edges of Volumes I, II & VI and minor soiling to the Volume IV fore edges. The dust jackets are clean, complete with no loss or tears, and unclipped, retaining the original front flap prices. Shelf presentation is quite good, though with very mild toning of the Volume I & II spines. The red subtitles are still clearly legible, though we do note differential fading of the subtitles across the six spines. All six dust jackets are protected beneath removable, archival quality clear covers. 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 essential, 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 depending on destination. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A240.4(I-VI).a, Woods/ICS A123(ba), Langworth p.264. Item #005511

Price: $825.00

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