The World Crisis: 1916-1918, Parts I & II, exceedingly rare, jacketed "traveller's&... The World Crisis: 1916-1918, Parts I & II, exceedingly rare, jacketed "traveller's&... The World Crisis: 1916-1918, Parts I & II, exceedingly rare, jacketed "traveller's&... The World Crisis: 1916-1918, Parts I & II, exceedingly rare, jacketed "traveller's&...

The World Crisis: 1916-1918, Parts I & II, exceedingly rare, jacketed "traveller's" copies issued before the first printing of the normal trade editions

Winston S. Churchill

Verlag: Thornton Butterworth Limited, 1927
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This is a potentially unique set of the 1916-1918 volumes of Churchill's The World Crisis, his six-volume history of the First World War originally published between 1923 and 1931. 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". The events of these 1916-1918 volumes include Churchill's time at the Front following his political exile and his subsequent return to the Cabinet. Any World Crisis first editions in dust jackets are rare, but offered here may be the rarest to be had - jacketed "traveller's" copies of the British first edition of the two 1916-1918 books, Parts I & II, which were issued before the first edition, first printing. Per Churchill Bibliographer Ronald Cohen, "There exists an early, and extremely rare, issue of the volume without the Index, described by the publisher on a tipped-on typed label on the title pages and dust jackets of both Parts as a 'ROUGH PRINTED COPY / For traveller's use only and not for sale'." Here is the only such set of which we are aware with the original dust jackets. Contents and pagination are identical to the first edition, first printings (including all maps, charts, etc.) with two exceptions: omission of the seven-page index at the end of Part II and lack of the errata at the Part II half-title. These two omissions confirm that issuance of these "traveller's" copies preceded the normal British first trade printings. The print itself is slightly lighter, but otherwise identical and the volumes themselves bulk slightly thicker. The blue cloth bindings differ only in being a slightly brighter shade of dark blue than the dark navy of the normal British first trade printings. The dust jackets are identical in content and size to those of the normal first printing. However, of special note, the jackets are printed on the same thick, light greenish paper as the first printing of the 1911-1914 volume, rather than the notoriously acidic and brittle yellowish grey paper of the normal British first trade printings, making these jackets unique variants. The dust jackets each bear a 3.25 inch wide by .75 inch tall typed label affixed to the front face of the dust jackets reading: "ROUGH PRINTED COPY / For traveller's use only and / not for sale". Identical labels are affixed to each title page. The Part II labels both have an additional notation in pencil "*without the Index". It is difficult to overstate the scarcity of these jacketed volumes. Condition is very good plus in good dust jackets. The blue cloth bindings are tight, clean, and square with sharp corners and bright spine gilt, and only minimal wear to extremities. The contents of both volumes show transfer browning to the endpapers corresponding to the dust jacket flaps. There are no inscriptions or previous ownership marks. Internal spotting is light and intermittent, primarily confined to the prelims. The page edges of both volumes are spotted with some minor soiling to the top and fore edges. The dust jackets are substantially complete, with some chipping at the spine ends, corners, and folds. The rear hinge of the Part I dust jacket is split; an ancient strip of deteriorated cellotape was carefully removed and replaced with archival tape reinforcement. The Part II front face has a faint, roughly 3-inch circular moisture stain at the top center (that does not affect the binding beneath). Both jackets are now protected beneath removable, archival quality clear covers. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A69.2(III-1&2), Woods/ICS A31(ab)3a&3b. Buchnummer des Verkäufers

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Titel: The World Crisis: 1916-1918, Parts I & II, ...
Verlag: Thornton Butterworth Limited
Erscheinungsdatum: 1927
Einband: Hardcover
Auflage: 1st Edition.

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