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 is a superior set. 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 or better first edition, first printing volumes in dust jackets ranging from from very good plus to fine. We find it increasingly difficult to offer sets thus. The black cloth bindings are uniformly square, clean, and tight with bright spine gilt. We note only a few gently bumped corners. The contents are nearly as good as we ever see – bright and clean with no previous ownership marks and only a few, trivial instances of spotting confined to the otherwise clean fore edges. The red-stained top edges retain strong color across the set, with just a touch of sunning to the earlier volumes. The jackets are entirely complete, with no loss or tears. All six jackets are unclipped, retaining their original front flap prices. Typical spine toning is quite mild, appreciably affecting only the red subtitles, which remain legible on all six dust jacket spines, even when faded. Of note, the red subtitle on the first volume, “The Gathering Storm”, is remarkably bright and unfaded. The dust jackets are protected beneath removable, clear, archival 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 #005880

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