Churchill, Winston, The Second World War. London, 1948-1954: Cassell & Co. Ltd. First editions, 6 vols. Rebound in ¼ leather and cloth boards, with gilt titles, tooling, and raised bands to the spine. Presented with a new archival matching cloth slipcase.
Presented is a first edition set of The Second World War from 1948-1954. 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 rebound in beautiful quarter Moroccan leather and cloth bindings, with gilt titles and raised bands to spine, gilt facsimile signature on each front board, with a new archival cloth slipcase.
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. Octavo printing. Internally, paper is clean and without marks or tears. Rebound in beautiful quarter Moroccan leather and cloth bindings, with gilt titles and raised bands to spine, gilt facsimile signature on each front board. Presented in a custom cloth slipcase, with gilt facsimile signature and portrait of Churchill on the cover. Book Dimensions (with slipcase): 9" H x 12" W x 6 1/4" D.
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