"I will leave judgements on this matter to history—but I will be one of the historians." -- Churchill
FIRST ENGLISH EDITIONS (the preferred editions) in original dust jackets of Churchill's masterpiece. A BEAUTIFUL, FINE SET.
“In order to write The Second World War Churchill assembled a team of researchers under the leadership of his pre-war assistant, the Oxford historian William Deakin. Churchill and his team enjoyed the full co-operation of the cabinet secretary, Norman Brook, who gave them almost unlimited access to wartime files. In return Churchill submitted drafts of the book to be vetted by Whitehall, thus turning it into a semi-official history. His method was to have all the relevant documents set up in galley proof so that he could then insert linking passages or narratives of events. The tone and structure of the final text were unmistakably Churchillian, and so too were his personal recollections... Appearing in six volumes between 1948 and 1954, The Second World War was published in hardback in fifteen countries and translated into eleven languages. It was not history, Churchill insisted, but a contribution to history. Nevertheless he imprinted his version of events on the minds of a generation” (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography).
Comprising: The Gathering Storm (Vol 1); Their Finest Hour (Vol 2); The Grand Alliance (Vol 3); The Hinge of Fate (Vol 4); Closing the Ring (Vol 5); Triumph and Tragedy (Vol 6).
London: Cassell & Co., Ltd., (1948-54). Octavo, original cloth, original dust jackets. Six volumes. Neat owner signature (dated 1948) on front free endpaper of volume I. Only trivial flaws to books, with red top stain particularly rich and unfaded. Dust jackets with tiny chip on volume IV, otherwise nearly perfect. Overall, the jackets are in remarkably good condition with all text and color sharp, crisp, and unfaded (very unusual with this set). An extraordinary set, one of the nicest we’ve seen; extremely rare in such fine condition.
Price: $2,500 .