-Abridged One-Volume Edition-


First American Abridged and Revised Edition (Third Printing)

By: Winston S. Churchill

Charles Scribner Sons [New York]

Biblio: (Cohen A69.5.c) (Woods A31ba.2)

8vo (832 pages, illustrated with maps and plans.)

Hardcover in Dust Jacket [Red cloth]

Item Number: 14050


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 very good copy of the Third Printing of the First American abridged edition, in the fairly rare dust jacket, unclipped and intact, with creases and light edge-chipping across the upper edges but fresh overall. The contents are fine, with a vintage bookplate on the front free endpaper.