-Rare Three-Volume Macmillan Abridged Reprint Edition in Dust Jackets-

1941 & 1944

English Macmillan Reprint Edition

By: Winston S. Churchill

Macmillan & Co. Limited [London]

Biblio: (Cohen A69.12.a, .13 & .14.a) (Woods A31ab)


Hardcover (with Dust Jackets) [Blue cloth]

Item Number: 14905


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 set in the very rare dust jackets of Macmillan’s wartime reprint of Churchill’s WORLD CRISIS in three individual volumes. Volume II is a Second Impression. Text for the main volume was taken from the First Abridged edition, with an additional chapter on the Battle of the Marne added. The complete texts of the final volumes of the set, THE AFTERMATH and THE UNKNOWN WAR, are here, as issued individually by Macmillan. The second front free endpaper of Volume I is lightly creased from misfolding and the lower edge of pages 295-327 share a short closed chip not affecting any text. The dust jackets of the first and third volumes are price-clipped and the dust jacket spines of the first and second volumes are darkened with age, with the spine heads lightly edge-chipped; the spine tail of the third volume is very faintly stained. The contents are fine.
An exceedingly rare jacketed trio of World War II survivors.