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The World Crisis: The Eastern Front - Winston S. Churchill - 1931. 
Thornton Butterworth Limited, London 1931 - This is a first edition, first printing copy of the sixth and final book of Churchill's acclaimed history of the First World War and essential to filling a full set of British first editions. Scarcity owes to the fact that the first printing was just 5150 copies, as opposed to 7500 for the British first edition of each of the preceding five books. Consequently these are rarely offered outside of sets. In proposing the book to his publisher, Churchill wrote: "In the previous volumes of The World Crisis I have described only in a few pages the course of events in the Eastern theatre. They have merely been the background of our main drama of the war. But now I think I might write a volume called 'The Eastern Front', which would be separate from but supplementary to our five volume history." Here is the first British edition, first printing, a near fine copy, suitable for anchoring a premium first edition set. The blue cloth binding is square, tight, and exceptionally bright, with nicely rounded spine, sharp corners, and only trivial wear to extremities. Of note, this copy has been spared the scuffing of the boards typical of the edition. Spine presentation is also excellent, the blue entirely unfaded and the gilt vivid. The contents remain bright and all illustrations and maps are present. The folding maps at p. 98, 142, 156, 250, 256, 308, 324, 338, 346, and 368 are all properly folded. The large, color folding map at p.368 map shows no typical tears, though we do note some trivial, cosmetic splitting of the endpapers at the gutter which does not affect binding integrity or the integrity of the folding map. Spotting is moderate for the edition, fairly prominent to the page edges, but within the text primarily confined to the prelims preceding the Preface. The sole previous ownership mark is a decorative bookplate affixed to the front pastedown. The bookplate is plausibly that of John Ashworth Crabtree (1886-1935), the founder of J.A. Crabtree and Co., which was one of Britains foremost electrical manufacturing companies. Laid in we found the publishers original order form for The World Crisis 1911-1918, the first abridged and revised edition of The World Crisis, also published in 1931. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A69.2(V).a, Woods/ICS A31(ab), Langworth p.105. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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