"History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it." —Churchill
FIRST EDITIONS of Churchill's most important work in superb leather bindings by Lauriat.
“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).
Note: This US first edition is the true first edition, first printing, preceding the UK first edition, with the first volume appearing a full three months before the UK first.
The Second World War: The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1948-1953. Octavo, rich three-quarter red morocco by Lauriat (with binder's stamp on endpaper), decorated spines with gilt rules and gilt decorations, raised bands, top edges gilt. Six volumes. Complete with half-titles in vols. 2-6 (none was issued for vol. 1). A few spots of very minor discoloration to spines. A fine set, exquisitely bound.
Price: $1,900 .