THE SECOND WORLD WAR
-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: 208976
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 is an unusually fine First English edition set in unclipped dust jackets that are quite fresh and unfaded, even along the fade-prone spines, just a touch ruffled. The black cloth is fresh and the bindings are tight. The red topstains are variably bright as well. The contents are fine, save for vintage ink inscriptions on the front free endpaper of Volume I and the front pastedown of Volume III. Quite nice thus.