The War Speeches and Secret Session Speeches by Winston Churchill, First Editions, 7 Volume Set, 1941-46

Churchill, Winston, Randolph Churchill (editor) and Charles Eade (compiler). Into Battle. The Unrelenting Struggle. The End of the Beginning. Onwards to Victory. The Dawn of Liberation. Victory. Secret Session Speeches. London: Cassell & Co., 1941-1946. 7 volume set, First editions. Tipped-in signature of Winston S. Churchill on the half title page of Into Battle. Bound in full navy Moroccan leather, with raised bands, gilt titles, and tooling to spine. Presented in a new custom cloth slipcase with facsimile gilt signature and portrait of Churchill on front. 

Presented is a seven volume set of Winston Churchill’s speeches, published separately between 1941 and 1948. The eight volumes include: Into Battle, compiled by Randolph Churchill, first edition, published in 1941;  The Unrelenting Struggle, compiled by Charles Eade, first edition, published in 1942; The End of the Beginning, compiled by Charles Eade, first edition, published in 1943; Onwards to Victory, compiled by Charles Eade, first edition, published in 1944; The Dawn of Liberation, compiled by Charles Eade, first edition, published in 1945; Victory, compiled by Charles Eade, first edition, published in 1946; Secret Session Speeches, compiled by Charles Eade, first edition, published 1946.  This handsome set is made even more collectible with the addition of a tipped-in signature on the half title page of Into Battle that reads “Winston S. Churchill” in black ink. 

Few books are as representative of Churchill’s literary and leadership aptitude as his speeches. Churchill's preeminence as a historical figure is a result of his indispensable leadership during the Second World War into the beginning of the Cold War, when his oratory sustained his countrymen and inspired the free world to fight for democracy. Churchill once said, “Of all the talents bestowed upon men, none is so precious as the gift of oratory. He who enjoys it wields a power more durable than that of a great king. He is an independent force in the world.” The collected speeches in this seven volume set follow Churchill from the first months of his wartime premiership through to his 1945 post-War review.

Into Battle (published 1941) contains speeches spanning May 1938 to November 1940, from the height of appeasement and Churchill’s political isolation to the first six months of his wartime premiership. Unrelenting Struggle (published 1942) captures Churchill's speeches, broadcasts, and messages to Parliament from November 1940 to the end of 1941, terminating with Churchill’s famous speeches to the U.S. Congress and the Canadian Parliament. Churchill's words during this time resounded during some of the darkest and most uncertain days of the war.

End of the Beginning (published 1943) includes Churchill’s speeches from 1942, during a low point of the War, full of setbacks and disappointments for the British. Throughout the year Churchill's speeches conveyed sober, resolved, and eloquent defiance. The title of this volume comes from Churchill's November 10, 1942 speech at the Lord Mayor's Day Luncheon in London, at a time when the British finally experienced victories in North Africa: "The Germans have received back again that measure of fire and steel which they have so often meted out to others. Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."

Onwards to Victory (published 1944) contains Churchill's speeches from 1943. In this volume, his oratory takes a steadfast and determined tone as Churchill and the Allies begin to anticipate victory. On May 19, 1943, Churchill gave his second address to the U.S. Congress. Seventeen long months of war had passed since his first speech delivered after Pearl Harbor. For his American audience, Churchill invoked the disquieting memory of the prolonged U.S. Civil War, "No one after Gettysburg doubted which way the dread balance of war would incline.  Yet far more blood was shed after the Union victory at Gettysburg than in all the fighting which went before.” That theme of maintaining the momentum of small victories repeated throughout the year. In November of 1943 Churchill told the audience at the Lord Mayor’s Day Luncheon "We must not lose for a moment the sense and consciousness of urgency and crisis which must continue to drive us, even though we are in the fifth year of war… victory will certainly be won... But that does not mean that our war task is done.” 

The Dawn of Liberation (published 1945) is a collection of Churchill’s speeches made during 1944, the year that included the D-Day Normandy landings and decisive turns in favor of the British and their Allies. Victory (published 1946) contains speeches from January to August 1945. Having done so much to win the war, Churchill faced frustration in his postwar plans when his wartime government fell to the Labour Party in the General Election of July 1945. His final speech in this volume, a review of the war delivered on August 16, 1945 to the House of Commons, was delivered as the Leader of the Opposition rather than as Prime Minister.

Secret Session Speeches (published 1946) is a slim volume with five speeches Churchill made to the House of Commons sitting in Secret Session, the earliest dating to June 20 1940 and ending with a speech on December 10, 1942. Unlike the contents of the other volumes, the words within this volume were not written for public consumption.  In fact, there was no public record of the speeches at all.  As explained by the volume's compiler, Charles Eade, in his Introduction, "In accordance with Parliamentary custom, these speeches were not recorded even for official and historical purposes.  Fortunately, the speeches were of such character that Mr. Churchill before delivering four of them prepared full texts of what he proposed to say."


Very good condition. Bound in full navy Moroccan leather boards, with raised bands, gilt titles, and tooling to spine. Presented in a new custom cloth slipcase with navy ribbon, a facsimile gilt signature and portrait of Churchill on front. Internally clean, with only light toning due to age.

Tipped-in signature of Winston S. Churchill on the half title page of Into Battle. Signature in black ink, underlined at end, very legible and clean, on cut cream paper. Cream slip is adhered to white letterhead of "62, Onslow Gardens, S.W.7. Kensington 4685" at top. With typed "With Mr Churchill's Compliments." below. 62 Onslow Gardens was a Kensington residence Churchill leased from a friend in the Winter of 1929 and probably Winter 1930.

Dimensions: 9"H x 8 1/8" W x 6"D (in slipcase).

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