First American Edition Set-


First American Edition Set

By: Winston S. Churchill

Charles Scribners Sons [New York]

Biblio: (Cohen A69.1) (Woods A31aa)

8vo (5 volumes in 6 books. 2500+ pages, with folding maps and plans.)

Hardcover (without Dust Jackets) [Dark reddish-brown cloth]

Item Number: 208965


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 First American edition set, without dust jackets. The books are all First Printings, with spines that have variably faded. The contents of all are fine and unfoxed.

VOLUME I (Book 1) has a particularly faded spine with dimmed spine type, as per usual with this volume. There is a faint cup stain on the rear board, else fine.

VOLUME II (Book 2) has a lengthy vintage ink inscription and partially erased pencil notes on the front free endpaper. It also has a more significantly faded spine.

VOLUME III: Parts 1 & 2 (Books 3 and 4) are uniformly bright, with a scuff to the rear board of Book 3, as well as an embossed pair of names blind-stamped on the front free endpaper and a front hinge that is just a bit shaky.

VOLUME IV: THE AFTERMATH (Book 5) is in virtually mint condition.

VOLUME V: THE UNKNOWN WAR (Book 6) has a scuff to the front board and very faint stains on the rear. Else fine.