THE SECOND WORLD WAR
-Signed First English Edition Set in Dust Jackets-
First English Edition Set
Cassell and Co. [London]
Biblio: (Cohen A240.4[I-VI].a) (Woods A123ba)
16mo (Maps, diagrams and tables throughout)
Hardcover (with Dust Jackets) [Black cloth]
Item Number: 208497
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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.
This First English edition set has been signed, dated and inscribed in ink on the title page of Volume I: “Inscribed… by Winston S. Churchill 1956.” The name of the recipient, however, appears to have been cleanly erased from the inscription. A space is there but barely a trace remains.
The unclipped dust jackets are nominally faded on the spines but the spine type remains legible. The dust jackets are edge-chipped and shelfworn but intact. There is a vintage price sticker laid over the actual price on Volume IV.
The books are all clean and tight, with variably faded topstains. The black cloth is fresh and the contents are fine, with very scattered foxing to the fore-edges and prelims of all but Volumes II and VI.
An attractive signed set overall, with these caveats, and priced accordingly.