Item #007246 The Postwar Speeches, a full set of jacketed U.S. first editions: The Sinews of Peace, Europe Unite, In the Balance, and Stemming the Tide. Winston S. Churchill.
The Postwar Speeches, a full set of jacketed U.S. first editions: The Sinews of Peace, Europe Unite, In the Balance, and Stemming the Tide
The Postwar Speeches, a full set of jacketed U.S. first editions: The Sinews of Peace, Europe Unite, In the Balance, and Stemming the Tide
The Postwar Speeches, a full set of jacketed U.S. first editions: The Sinews of Peace, Europe Unite, In the Balance, and Stemming the Tide
The Postwar Speeches, a full set of jacketed U.S. first editions: The Sinews of Peace, Europe Unite, In the Balance, and Stemming the Tide
The Postwar Speeches, a full set of jacketed U.S. first editions: The Sinews of Peace, Europe Unite, In the Balance, and Stemming the Tide

The Postwar Speeches, a full set of jacketed U.S. first editions: The Sinews of Peace, Europe Unite, In the Balance, and Stemming the Tide

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1949. First editions. Hardcover. Here is a full set of U.S. editions of Churchill's postwar speeches in the scarce dust jackets. These volumes span the period from immediately after the second World War, when Churchill was Leader of the Opposition, through the end of 1952, during his second and final Premiership.

The events encompassed by these years are in many ways no less dramatic than those of the war years - the unraveling of the British Empire, the post-war recovery, the beginning of the Cold War, Soviet acquisition of the atomic bomb and U.S. invention and first testing of the hydrogen bomb.

The U.S. postwar speeches were published in very small numbers, making jacketed U.S. editions much scarcer than their British counterparts. Of note, the U.S. postwar speeches comprise only four volumes, as the fifth and final volume, The Unwritten Alliance, had no U.S. edition. This is the best jacketed set of U.S. editions we have encountered.

This set features fine volumes in near fine dust jackets. All four volumes are square, clean, and tight with sharp corners and only minor shelf wear to extremities. The contents of all four volumes are bright and clean with no previous ownership marks. Even the page edges are impressively clean. The sole internal blemish we find is a small rectangular instance of transfer browning, roughly the size of a business card, confined to the blank verso of the Stemming the Tide Introduction, roughly at the center gutter. Whatever was once laid in is now gone. The sole instance of spotting in the set appears to be just a few scattered spots confined to the top edges of Europe Unite.

All four dust jackets are unclipped, retaining the original front flap prices, complete, with no loss, and uncommonly bright and clean. All four jackets have light shelf wear to extremities. Only the Stemming the Tide dust jacket shows appreciable scuffing beyond extremities, in this case to the lower spine, but even this jacket more than compensates with impressive shelf presentation, bright, unfaded red print, and exceptionally clean white rear panel and flaps. All four dust jackets are protected beneath clear, removable, archival covers.

Reference: Cohen A241.2, A246.2, A255.2, A264.2; Woods/ICS A124(b), A128(b), A130(b), A137(b); Langworth pages 285, 297, 302, 310. Item #007246

Price: $1,000.00

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