-The Sandhurst Edition-


The Sandhurst Abridged Edition

By: Winston S. Churchill

Thornton Butterworth, Ltd. [London]

Biblio: (Cohen A69.8) (Woods A31c)

16mo (511 pages, index, seven folding maps and one facsimile letter)

Hardcover [Deep red cloth]

Item Number: 212345


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.


A virtually mint copy of this one-volume abridged text book edition of Churchill’s history of the First World War, “Privately Printed for the Royal Military College at Sandhurst,” with a different selection of chapters than those in Churchill’s standard one-volume abridgment.

Commonly seen well-worn, with the name of a cadet former-owner inscribed in (or on) the book, this copy is unusually fresh, bright and clean, with no writing. The cloth is still a vivid red, with a single light chip to the lower front edge, else fine. The contents are unfoxed and fine, with the usual endemic tanning to the endpapers.
Unusual thus.