-Signed First English Edition Set in Dust Jackets-


First English Edition Set (Volume I a Second Printing)

By: Winston S. Churchill

Cassell and Co. [London]

Biblio: (Cohen A142.1.c-A227) (Woods A66- A114)


Hardcover (with Dust Jackets) [Blue cloth]

Item Number: 208643

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This complete set of First English editions is signed in ink on the second front free endpaper of the first volume, INTO BATTLE:

“Inscribed by Winston S. Churchill
18 February 1941.
For Mrs. Johnston.
In these great days.”

The recipient would appear to be MARGARET JOHNSTON, the wife of Scottish Labour politician TOM JOHNSTON, founder and editor of the radical magazine Forward. In January 1941 Winston Churchill visited Edinburgh and Glasgow in the company of Johnston, who was then the country’s Regional Commissioner for Civil Defense. Churchill appointed Johnston Secretary of State for Scotland on February 12, 1941. INTO BATTLE was published on February 6. Once Churchill had copies in his possession, he apparently signed this volume, which is, in fact a Second Printing of the First Edition (reprinted in the month of publication), for Mrs. Johnston.

All volumes are in very good condition, in their correct, original, unclipped dust jackets, which are unusually fresh and bright.

INTO BATTLE dust jacket has a 2-inch-square loss at the spine head and a further square-inch of loss at the upper left corner of the front face. It is otherwise in spectacularly beautiful condition. The contents are fine as well, with very light scattered foxing to the fore-edge only.

THE UNRELENTING STRUGGLE dust jacket is slightly darkened with age and has a fractional loss near the upper right corner of the front face, else fine. The contents are fine, with very light scattered foxing to the fore-edge only.

All remaining volumes are virtually mint, with only hints of shelfwear.

Quite impressive.