THE GATHERING STORM (Volume I of “The Second World War”)

-First French Edition Signed by Winston Churchill-


First French Edition

By: Winston S. Churchill

Librairie Plon [Paris]

Biblio: (Cohen A240a)(Woods 123)


Softcover [Dust-jacketed printed wraps]

Item Number: 8736

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Collector's Guide

The Second World War, also known as Winston Churchill’s War Memoirs, won Churchill  the Nobel Prize for literature in 1953. Published in six volumes that appeared over five years, the books each came out first in the U.S. The ensuing English editions contained numerous corrections and even a few additional maps. The English edition is therefore considered to be more definitive, though today the American edition may be rarer. The set was simultaneously published by the Book-of-the-Month-Club, printed on the same presses as the first editions, and thus can easily be confused with them.


The first volume of Churchill’s MEMOIRS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR in the very fragile First French edition, signed and dated in ink on the front free endpaper: “Winston S. Churchill, 1955.”

This was the first of twelve small softcover volumes that comprised the complete French issue. It contains Churchill’s amended Foreword exonerating the French “poilu” for their wartime failures. The pictorial dust jacket is lightly chipped and worn, reinforced internally, but entirely intact. Contents fine, pages browned with age.

A spectacular rarity preserved in a handsome burgundy cloth clamshell solander with a gilt-lettered leather spine.