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Churchill, Winston
The Second World War, Six Volumes
Houghton Mifflin Company, 1948. Volume One inscribed to Harry Scherman, the founder of the Book of the Month Club, on second blank page. The Gathering Storm [1948], Their Finest Hour [1949], The Grand Alliance [1950], The Hinge of Fate [1951], Closing the Ring [1952], and Triumph and Tragedy [1954]. Bound in full red leather with gilt rule bordering front and rear covers. AEG. Six panels, ruled, on spine, with 5 raised bands. Gilt lettering on spine and gilt star in four panels. Decorative pastedowns and flyleaves. NOTE: the pastedowns and flyleaves in Volume 5 differ in style from the other five volumes. Volumes 1-4 and 6 were printed at The Kingsport Press. Volume 5 at Riverside Press, which probably accounts for the difference. In the absence of the original bindings and dust jackets, it is difficult to confirm whether the volumes are first Houghton Mifflin editions or BOMC issues, though it is likely that they are first printings, as they each bear the publication year on the title page and a matching date on the copyright page, without mention of later printings. According to a 1969 statement from Houghton, "The six volumes of this title represent a bibliographical nightmare. We published these six volumes in different years, simultaneously with the Book-of-the-Month Club, . [which] used three manufacturers at this time: H. Wolff Mfg. Co., The Haddon Craftsmen, The Kingsport Press, Inc. Four sets of identical plates were used. The first edition could be considered any one of these sets at either the Riverside Press or the three manufacturers for the Book-of-the-Month C … [Click Below for Full Description]
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