The Great War, a full set of all 26 magazine parts as originally issued, housed in two imposing quarter morocco solander cases made by Asprey. Winston S. Churchill.
The Great War, a full set of all 26 magazine parts as originally issued, housed in two imposing quarter morocco solander cases made by Asprey
The Great War, a full set of all 26 magazine parts as originally issued, housed in two imposing quarter morocco solander cases made by Asprey
The Great War, a full set of all 26 magazine parts as originally issued, housed in two imposing quarter morocco solander cases made by Asprey
The Great War, a full set of all 26 magazine parts as originally issued, housed in two imposing quarter morocco solander cases made by Asprey
The Great War, a full set of all 26 magazine parts as originally issued, housed in two imposing quarter morocco solander cases made by Asprey

The Great War, a full set of all 26 magazine parts as originally issued, housed in two imposing quarter morocco solander cases made by Asprey

London: George Newnes Limited, 1933-34. First Illustrated edition. Paperback. This is a superior, very well-preserved, and handsomely presented full set of the first illustrated edition of Winston Churchill's history of the First World War. This first illustrated edition was published under the title "The Great War" and originally issued by the publisher in 26 individual magazine-style parts during 1933 and 1934. "Magazine format" does not do justice to the publication, which is profusely illustrated on very durable, heavy paper. The publisher later offered various binding options. Consequently, it has become challenging to find complete unbound sets of all 26 parts in respectable condition. This set is unusual thus, very good plus, each of the original magazines notably clean and bright given their age and inherent fragility, with only modest wear to extremities. The fragile wraps bindings of all 26 issues are sound, complete and firmly attached with no tears or appreciable losses noted. All the printed spine text remains crisp and distinctly legible (the spine of volume 1 was published blank, as per Cohen). Each of the 26 magazines is fitted with a clear, removable mylar cover. Additionally, lending both preservation and shelf presence, this set is housed in two, purpose-built solander boxes built by Asprey of London. The boxes feature quarter navy morocco spines over blue cloth. The spines are rounded and feature raised and gilt-decorated spine bands separating gilt-ruled and decorated compartments. Vertical gilt rules mark the transitions between morocco and cloth and the cases are lined in navy felt, each stamped within with the “Asprey” name in gilt. The shelf presence of this set is magnificent, seven and a half inches wide and eleven inches tall on the shelf, weighing nearly seventeen and a half pounds. Churchill was in a special position to write the history of the First World War, which nearly cost him both his political career and his corporeal life. First Lord of the Admiralty from 1911 until 1915, after the Dardanelles disaster, Churchill was scapegoated and forced to resign. He spent political exile as a lieutenant colonel of a battalion in the trenches. Before war's end, Churchill was exonerated and rejoined the Government, foreshadowing the political isolation and restoration he would experience nearly two decades later leading up to the Second World War. Despite Churchill's political recovery, the stigma of the Dardanelles would linger. Hence Churchill had more than just literary and financial compulsion to write his history. Churchill titled his history The World Crisis, which was originally published in six volumes between 1923 and 1931. 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 signed his contract for the first illustrated edition on 18 April 1933. The original plan was for 24 parts (which evolved to 26), the manuscript to contain about 650,000 words “consisting of such part [of the six volumes] as the Author shall determine”. The publishers agree to provide the illustrations, other than the maps and diagrams, their choice being subject to Churchill’s approval. It was the publisher who proposed the title “The Great War”. Please note that this large, heavy set may require additional postage. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A69.9.a, Woods/ICS A31(da), Langworth p.118. Item #005526

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