THE SECOND WORLD WAR

-First American Edition Presentation Set Thrice Signed to Life Magazine Publisher Andrew Heiskell-

1948-1953

First American Edition Set

By: Winston S. Churchill

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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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 six years, the books each came out first in the U.S. under the following titles: THE GATHERING STORM (Volume 1), THEIR FINEST HOUR (Volume 2), THE GRAND ALLIANCE (Volume 3), THE HINGE OF FATE (Volume 4), CLOSING THE RING (Volume 5) and TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY (Volume VI). 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.