THE WAR SPEECHES: “Definitive Edition”

-Leatherbound First English Edition Set-


First English Edition Set

By: Winston S. Churchill

Cassell and Co. [London]

Biblio: (Cohen A263.1[I-III].a) (Woods A136a)

8vo (500 pages, 578 pages and 596 pages)

Hardcover [Burgundy leather]

Item Number: 210200


Collector's Guide

The War Speeches (“Definitive Edition”) repackaged the texts of the original seven, individually-published, wartime volumes of Churchill’s war speeches as a very handsomely produced three-volume set.  While “Definitive,” this set was not entirely complete; a handful of speeches deemed to be of “reduced significance” were omitted. Churchill favored greatly the beautiful design of this edition.


This is a very good First English edition set rebound in full burgundy oasis leather. The binding is signed: Truslove & Hanson, 14A Clifford Street, Bond Street W. Truslove & Hanson were a late-19th Century upscale chain (before such a thing really existed) with three or four shops in distinguished locations around London where one could purchase books, order custom-printed stationery and utilize the company’s bindery for fine binding services. The Clifford Street location closed in the late 1950s.

Churchill favored greatly the beautiful design of the “Definitive Edition.” This leatherbound set would have no doubt pleased him. The spines are gilt tooled in six compartments with raised bands, the upper edges are gilded. The books were trimmed for binding. There is a faint scratch to the front board of Volume One, else fine.