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The World Crisis, full set of U.S. first editions inscribed and dated by Churchill

Winston S. Churchill

Verlag: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1923
Verkäufer Churchill Book Collector ABAA/ILAB/IOBA (San Diego, CA, USA)

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This is a full U.S. first edition set of Churchill's history of the First World War, inscribed and dated in the fifth volume, The Aftermath. Five volumes are first edition, first printing, while the inscribed volume is the first edition, third printing, published in September 1929, six months after the first. The inscription, inked in black in three lines on the first free endpaper, reads: "Inscribed by | Winston S. Churchill | Feb. 1932". In February of 1932, Churchill was traveling in the United States on a lucrative and successful lecture tour. He spoke in many cities throughout the month before departing for England on 11 March aboard the ocean liner Majestic. This volume was undoubtedly inscribed during the tour. Publisher Charles Scribner wrote to Churchill on the day of his departure "I sincerely hope that you made no mistake in trusting your books to us. We will continue to back them until they come into their own." Churchill's books most certainly did come into their own. The World Crisis is Winston Churchill's epic history of the First World War, in which he played such a critical, controversial, and varied role. Of The World Crisis, Frederick Woods wrote: "The volumes contain some of Churchill's finest writing, weaving the many threads together with majestic ease, describing the massive battles in terms which fitly combine relish of the literary challenge with an awareness of the sombre tragedy of the events." Churchill was in a special position to write this history, having served both in the Cabinet and on the Front. First Lord of the Admiralty from 1911 until 1915, after the failure in the Dardanelles and the slaughter at Gallipoli, Churchill was scapegoated and forced to resign. He spent his political exile as a lieutenant colonel leading a battalion in the trenches. Before war's end, Churchill was exonerated and rejoined the Government, but the stigma would linger. Churchill may have meant for his history of the First World War to clear his name, but his six volume masterwork far exceeds this purpose. Collectors will note that for The World Crisis, the U.S. is the true first edition, as initial U.S. publication preceded the British. The inscribed volume is in very good condition. The binding is square and clean with bright gilt. We note minor wear at the spine ends and lower corners. The spine is slightly sunned, more noticeably at the center below the author's name, but nonetheless retains respectable color and bright gilt. The contents are clean, with no spotting and no inscriptions save the one by the author. The binding is slightly shaken, with a cosmetic gutter split at the title page, but the mull beneath remains firmly attached and the binding fully intact. The five first edition, first printing books comprising the rest of this set are in very good to near-fine condition with minor flaws and wear. The contents are uniformly clean, tight, and unusually bright for paper that is prone to age-yellowing. There is no spotting. There are no previous ownership marks save for a bookplate on the pastedown of The Unknown War. The boards are all clean and bright with only minor scuffing or blemishes. Spine presentation shows only mild sunning. Even the notoriously fade-prone Volume I spine retains good color, although the gilt has darkened as is normal for this volume. Of note, the folding map at p.388 of The Unknown War is properly folded with no tears; there is just some wear to the leading edge where it protrudes slightly from the text block. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A69.1, Woods/ICS A31(aa). Langworth p.103. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 000693

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Titel: The World Crisis, full set of U.S. first ...

Verlag: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York

Erscheinungsdatum: 1923

Einband: Hardcover

Signiert: Signed by Author(s)

Auflage: 1st Edition.


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