The World Crisis (first abridged and revised edition). Winston S. Churchill.
The World Crisis (first abridged and revised edition)
The World Crisis (first abridged and revised edition)
The World Crisis (first abridged and revised edition)

The World Crisis (first abridged and revised edition)

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1931. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. This is the first abridged and revised edition of Churchill's monumental and acclaimed history of the First World War. This important edition covering the war years 1911-1918 is not just an abridgement. It incorporates revisions by Churchill with new material, including a whole new chapter on the Battle of the Marne, as well as a new introduction. Moreover, the U.S. edition preceded the British, making it the true first edition. This copy approaches very good minus condition. The blue cloth binding remains square, tight, and clean with bright spine gilt. We note modest wear and bumps to extremities and mild concavity to the upper spine. The contents show mild age-toning. Dust soiling and spotting appear confined to the top edge of the text block. Previous ownership marks include a tiny ink-stamped personal library number, name, and Philadelphia address at the lower front pastedown and same ink-stamp on the lower rear pastedown, as well as a red ink-stamped “D” and “446” on the lower rear pastedown. Churchill's history of the First World War - which he titled The World Crisis - was originally published in six volumes between 1923 and 1931. This first abridged and revised edition was published in the same year as publication of the sixth and final unabridged volume. 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. This first abridged and revised edition was published at the beginning of the 1930s – the decade called Churchill’s "Wilderness Years", which he spent out of power and out of favor, warning about the dangers of a rising Nazi Germany often at odds with both his party leadership and prevailing public sentiment. By September 1939, at the outbreak of the Second World War, he had rejoined the Cabinet. By May 1940 he was Prime Minister. This first abridged and revised edition of The World Crisis clearly remained current during Churchill’s ascendance – second and third printings (in substantially different bindings) occurred in 1942 and 1949. Please anticipate that this large, heavy book may require additional postage. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A69.5.a, Woods/ICS A31(ba.1), Langworth p.115. Item #005549

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