-First American Abridged One-Volume Edition-


First American Abridged Edition

By: Winston S. Churchill

Charlesn Scribner’s Sons [New York]

Biblio: (Cohen A69.5.a) (Woods A31ba.1)

16mo (866 pages, with 20 fold-out maps, 33 tables and black and white illustrations.)

Hardcover (with Dust Jacket) [Blue cloth]

Item Number: 206561


Collector's Guide

The World Crisis is Churchill’s highly subjective history of the First World War. Comprising five volumes (in six books) written over eight years, the initial titles were first published in the U.S. (by a matter of days), making the American edition the true first edition. Volume I (1911-1914) and Volume II (1915) were published in 1923. Volume III (1916-1918 ) was published in two parts in 1927 (hence the five/in six volumes ultimate format). Volume IV (The Aftermath 1918-1928) was published in 1929; and Volume V (The Unknown War/The Eastern Front) in 1931. A one-volume abridgment by the author was soon issued. Most subsequent re-issues have been incomplete, abridged, or otherwise condensed versions of the original text.


This is a virtually mint copy of the First American Abridged edition, in the extravagantly rare dust jacket. Like the original six-volume edition, the Abridged one-volume edition was published first in the U.S. (February 1931) and is the true first edition.

In terms of condition, few vintage volumes could be more perfect than this one. The unclipped dust jacket and the book are both flawless, save for a few faint creases to the jacket and a previous owner’s tiny ink notation on the front flap: “Read July 20-30, 1949.”

Very precious thus.