The Second World War by Winston Churchill, First Edition, Six Volume Set, 1948- 1954

Churchill, Winston, The Second World War. London, 1948: Cassell & Co. Ltd. First editions, 6 vols. Bound by Asprey of London in 3/4 red Moroccan leather and cloth with gilt titles and tooling.  

Presented is a first edition set of The Second World War from 1948. This is Winston S. Churchill’s complete six-volume classic history of the Second World War and includes: “The Gathering Storm,” “Their Finest Hour,” “The Grand Alliance,” “The Hinge of Fate,” “Closing the Ring,” and “Triumph and Tragedy.” The books were published by Cassell & Co. Ltd. out of Great Britain and are presented bound in three quarter red leather and cloth by the famous book bindery Asprey, in London.  

The Second World War is a definitive history of the period from the end of World War I to July 1945. The book was largely responsible for Churchill being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. Churchill wrote the book, with a team of assistants, using both his own notes and privileged access to official documents while still working as a politician. The text was vetted by the Cabinet Secretary. Churchill was largely fair in his treatment, but wrote the history from his personal point of view.

As Max Beloff observed, there was no statesman of the twentieth century "whose retrospective accounts of the great events in which he has taken part have so dominated subsequent historical thinking". A man who had always primarily made his living by his pen, Churchill was the only major war leader to give an authoritative account of the conflict, and his ringing phrases seeped into the collective memory.

The moral of the work, as stated on one of the preceding pages, is as follows: “In War: Resolution. In Defeat: Defiance. In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Goodwill.”


Very good condition. Six volumes. Bound by Asprey of London in 3/4 red Moroccan leather and cloth binding, with raised bands, gilt tiles and decoration to spine, gilt tooled borders to front and back boards, and matching marbled end paper. Gilt to top, bottom, and fore edge.  Asprey stamped binding. Internally, paper is clean and without marks.

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