THE SECOND WORLD WAR
[SIGNED First American Edition Presentation Set Inscribed Twice to Life Magazine Publisher Andrew Heiskell]
First American Edition Set
Houghton Mifflin Company [Boston]
Biblio: (Cohen A240.3[I-VI]) (Woods A123aa)
8vo (Maps, diagrams and tables throughout.)
Hardcover (with Dust Jackets) [Red cloth]
Item Number: 207711
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This First American edition set, in unclipped dust jackets, is inscribed and SIGNED in Volumes IV and VI: “To Andrew Heiskell from Winston S. Churchill,” hand-dated “1951” and “1954,” respectively.
Laid-into Volume IV is a typed note on Time and Life notepaper from Walter Graebner, Time magazine’s first foreign correspondent and a go-between for the company with Churchill as he wrote his War Memoirs: “Dear Bob, I am sending you a copy of the ‘Hinge of Fate’ inscribed to you by Mr. Churchill.”
Laid-into Volume I is a pre-printed presentation slip: “With all good wishes from Winston S. Churchill.”
The set is in generally very good condition. The dust jacket faces of all volumes are bright, the rear faces are a bit rubbed. The jackets are fresh, save for Volume I, which is well-worn along the spine, with fractional loss at the tail. The remaining jacket spines retain vivid spine color, with the exception of Volume V, which has faded significantly. Volume VI is a slightly later printing of the First edition, with a jacket priced at $6.50. The jacket spine exhibits a bit more edge-wear, with fractional losses to the head and tail.
The books are all in very good condition, the bindings and contents clean; the topstains all well-preserved.
ANDREW HEISKELL(1915-2003) went to work at Life magazine in 1938 as a science editor at the age of 23. In 1946, aged 30 he was named the magazine’s publisher. Heiskell continued to rise rapidly through the ranks at Time, Inc., finally becoming Time’s chairman and CEO in 1960. He lived to oversee the closing down of Life in 1972 and, in 1974, the inauguration of People magazine, which was essentially his brainchild.
Life magazine published Churchill’s Second World War Memoirs first in the U.S., in serialization. Heiskell, as publisher, thus received these first edition volumes personalized for him by Winston Churchill. “Let’s always remember,” Heiskell would tell his staff, “that the Churchill Memoirs are the biggest literary and historical project that Life, or for that matter any other publication, has ever undertaken.”