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-First English Abridged One-Volume Edition-


First English Abridged Edition

By: Winston S. Churchill

Thornton Butterworth Ltd. [London]

Biblio: (Cohen A69.6.a) (Woods A31ba.2)

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

Hardcover (with Dust Jacket) [Green cloth]

Item Number: 205078

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.


An utterly remarkable copy of the First English Abridged edition, in the altogether remarkable dust jacket that is very rarely seen. Both book and dust jacket are virtually mint, though the dust jacket verso has been modestly tape-reinforced. Still, just look at it!