-First American Edition Set with Dust Jackets-


First American Edition Set

By: Winston S. Churchill

G.P. Putnam Sons/Little, Brown and Co./Simon and Schuster [NY]

Biblio: (Cohen A142.3.a, A172.2.a, A183.2.a, A194.2.a, A214.2.a, A223.2.a, A227.2.a) (Woods A66- A114)


Hardcover (with Dust Jackets) [Cloth]

Item Number: 202077


Collector's Guide

The War Speeches of Winston Churchill were first preserved in seven individual speech compilation volumes, collected and published yearly in the U.K. and in the U.S., beginning in 1941, under the following titles: Into Battle (1938-1940 speeches; published in the U.S. as Blood, Sweat and Tears), The Unrelenting Struggle (1940-1941), The End of the Beginning (1942), Onwards to Victory (1943), The Dawn of Liberation (1944), Victory (1945), and Secret Session Speeches (Various Dates). Unlike the English editions, which were all published by one publisher (Cassell), the American series was initiated by G.P. Putnam with Blood, Sweat and Tears, then carried on by Little, Brown, up till the final volume, Secret Session Speeches, which was published by Simon and Schuster.


This is a complete set of the rare First American editions in their extremely handsome dust jackets, which are all in very good condition, exhibiting varying degrees of wear. The books are preserved in a purpose-built slipcase of burgundy cloth.

The dust jacket for BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS is unclipped and intact, somewhat darkened uniformly with a touch of edge-chipping at the spine head and tail, a closed short tear on the upper edge of the rear face, together with a 1-inch rubbed area of loss. The book is virtually mint; the cloth fresh, the gilt lettering bright, the binding crisp and the contents fine, with a tiny vintage bookshop tag on the front free endpaper.

The UNRELENTING STRUGGLE jacket is bright, only lightly edge-chipped on the front and rear faces, but with an inch of loss at the spine head. The book is again mint; the cloth fresh, the gilt lettering bright, the binding crisp and the contents fine, with a different former-owner’s ink stamp on the front free endpaper.

THE END OF THE BEGINNING jacket is unclipped but edge-chipped, with a crease at the spine head and rubbing to the rear face and lower left corner of the front face. There is a discreet ink gift inscription dated “1943” partially erased on the front free endpaper; the contents are otherwise fine.

ONWARDS TO VICTORY jacket is price-clipped but otherwise fresh and bright, with fractional edge-chipping to the spine. The book is fine, save for light foxing to the fore-edges.

THE DAWN OF LIBERATION jacket is price-clipped and edge-chipped, with fractional loss at the spine head. The contents are fine.

VICTORY dust jacket is unclipped but edge-chipped with narrow loss approximately one and one-half inches in length along the upper edge of the front face and fractional losses at the spine head, as well as creases along the upper edge of the rear face. The book is bright and fresh and the contents fine.

SECRET SESSION SPEECHES jacket is neatly price clipped but otherwise intact, with a hint of damp-staining on the front face. The book is in very good condition; the cloth and gilt lettering somewhat faded, the contents fine. Laid-in is a charming, original “Information Please” mailing card insert from the publisher.