Item #006954 The World Crisis 1911-1918, inscribed by Winston Churchill and presented to a member of his Second World War staff on Churchill's final day as wartime Prime Minister. Winston S. Churchill.
The World Crisis 1911-1918, inscribed by Winston Churchill and presented to a member of his Second World War staff on Churchill's final day as wartime Prime Minister
The World Crisis 1911-1918, inscribed by Winston Churchill and presented to a member of his Second World War staff on Churchill's final day as wartime Prime Minister
The World Crisis 1911-1918, inscribed by Winston Churchill and presented to a member of his Second World War staff on Churchill's final day as wartime Prime Minister
The World Crisis 1911-1918, inscribed by Winston Churchill and presented to a member of his Second World War staff on Churchill's final day as wartime Prime Minister
The World Crisis 1911-1918, inscribed by Winston Churchill and presented to a member of his Second World War staff on Churchill's final day as wartime Prime Minister
The World Crisis 1911-1918, inscribed by Winston Churchill and presented to a member of his Second World War staff on Churchill's final day as wartime Prime Minister
The World Crisis 1911-1918, inscribed by Winston Churchill and presented to a member of his Second World War staff on Churchill's final day as wartime Prime Minister
The World Crisis 1911-1918, inscribed by Winston Churchill and presented to a member of his Second World War staff on Churchill's final day as wartime Prime Minister
The World Crisis 1911-1918, inscribed by Winston Churchill and presented to a member of his Second World War staff on Churchill's final day as wartime Prime Minister
The World Crisis 1911-1918, inscribed by Winston Churchill and presented to a member of his Second World War staff on Churchill's final day as wartime Prime Minister

The World Crisis 1911-1918, inscribed by Winston Churchill and presented to a member of his Second World War staff on Churchill's final day as wartime Prime Minister

London: Macmillan & Co. Ltd., 1943. Hardcover. This compelling inscribed presentation copy is a wartime reprint of Churchill’s history of the First World War inscribed to a member of his Second World War staff to whom it was gifted on Churchill’s last day as wartime Prime Minister.

The book is a lovely jacketed copy of the third and final Macmillan printing of the Abridged and Revised single-volume edition of The World Crisis 1911-1918. This copy is inscribed in five lines on the front free endpaper recto “To | CA Carter | from | Winston S. Churchill | 1945”. Laid in is a note on Churchill’s 10 Downing Street stationery typed in five lines: “With Mr. Churchill’s Compliments. | A Souvenir of 10, Downing Street | 1940-1945 | 26th July, 1945”. Handwritten directly below the typed date is “Mr. Carter”.

The General Election of July 1945 was Britain’s first since 1935. Since 10 May 1940, Churchill had led Britain as Prime Minister. The day he became premier, Nazi Germany had invaded France and the Low Countries. Now Hitler was dead, victory in Europe was complete, and the Allies were on the cusp of victory in the Pacific. But on 26 July 1945, despite having done so much to win the war and his own personal popularity, Churchill faced frustration of his postwar plans when his wartime government fell to Labour’s landslide General Election victory over the Conservatives. He would be relegated to Leader of the Opposition for more than six years until the October 1951 General Election, when Churchill finally returned to 10 Downing Street for his second and final premiership.

Churchill was known to gift inscribed copies of his books as tokens of appreciation to staff. This copy is rendered quite special by being inscribed and dated, by the Downing Street compliments slip testifying that it was a gift on Churchill’s final day as wartime Prime Minister, and by condition.

Both the volume and dust jacket approach near fine. The purple cloth binding is square, tight, and clean, with sharp corners, bright spine gilt, and only trivial shelf wear to extremities. The contents are bright with no previous ownership marks other than Churchill’s inscription. Spotting is trivial, primarily confined to a few spots on the endpapers and page edges. The dust jacket is not only entirely complete, unclipped and with no loss or tears, but also free of spine toning. Light spotting to the jacket’s front face is the only appreciable detraction. The dust jacket is protected beneath a clear, removable, archival cover.

A quarter of a century before the Second World War endowed him with lasting fame, Winston Churchill played a uniquely critical, controversial, and varied role in the “War to end all wars”. Then, being Churchill, he wrote about it.

The World Crisis was originally published in six volumes between 1923 and 1931. After completion of the sixth and final volume, a first abridged and revised edition followed, also in 1931. This important edition covering the war years 1911-1918 is not just an abridgement, but incorporates revisions by Churchill and new material, including a new chapter on the Battle of the Marne, as well as a new introduction.

The first abridged and revised edition was published by Thornton Butterworth just as Churchill was beginning his “wilderness years” decade. Churchill spent nearly the entirety of the 1930s out of power and out of favor, frequently at odds with both his Government and prevailing public sentiment. But in 1940 Churchill became wartime Prime Minister. And also in 1940, Thornton Butterworth went under and a different publisher, Macmillan, acquired the rights to several of Churchill’s books.

Macmillan produced three printings of The World Crisis 1911-1918 – in 1941, 1942, and 1943. This third and final printing of 1943 would have been the one most readily available in 1945 when it was inscribed and presented. Technically this was an “issue” and not an “edition” since it was printed from first edition plates.

Reference: Cohen A69.14.c Woods/ICS A31(bd.3), Langworth p.116. Item #006954

Price: $9,500.00

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