The World Crisis. Winston S. Churchill.
The World Crisis
The World Crisis
The World Crisis
The World Crisis
The World Crisis
The World Crisis
The World Crisis

The World Crisis

London: Odhams Press Limited, 1939. Hardcover. Here is a rare time capsule for collectors - the first two-volume edition of Winston Churchill’s history of the First World War, still housed in the publisher's original shipping boxes. Churchill was in a special position to write the history of the First World War, which nearly cost him both his political and corporeal lives and in which he played such a critical, controversial, and varied role. 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 lingered. 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. This first two-volume set was published in 1939, the year the Second World War began and Churchill returned to the Admiralty and to war. Though only two volumes, this set contains not only the complete unabridged text of the original first four volumes (which covered the war years 1911-1918), but also the revisions and new material from the 1931 abridgement. This was a handsome and substantial edition, bound in blue leatherette cloth with a blind stamped bust of Churchill and his gilt signature on the cover, gilt titles and rules on the spine, and blue topstain. Sets still housed in the publisher's original shipping boxes are understandably quite scarce. In this case both boxes remain complete save for one missing inner flap. Though both boxes show scuffing, wear, and soiling, the original shipping labels and hand-written name and address of the recipient are intact and legible on both boxes. Both boxes are addressed to the same owner (an "A. Bullock" of "Mexborough, Yorkshire"), so this is unequivocally a lifelong matched pair. In the few still-boxed sets we’ve encountered, the books have often suffered some mildew owing to the damp retained by the cardboard boxes. Not this set. The books within are stunningly bright and truly fine. The bindings remain vividly bright and immaculately clean. The contents are strikingly bright, as is the blue topstain, and we find no previous ownership marks or spotting. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A69.11.c, Woods/ICS A31(fa), Langworth p.121. Item #005914

Price: $450.00

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