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The Second World War.
London: Cassell & Co. Ltd., 1948-54. London: Cassell & Co. Ltd.,, 1948-54. 6 volumes, octavo. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in dark blue full morocco, titles gilt to spines, raised bands, single ruled gilt panel to compartments with rampant lion device gilt to the first, fifth and sixth, similar panel to boards, autograph block to front boards, arabesque roll inner gilt dentelles, burgundy endpapers, all edges gilt. With diagrams and tables throughout the text. Bindings in fine condition, light toning and occasional foxing to contents but generally clean and in very good condition; overall an excellent, superbly presented set. First editions, first impressions, inscribed by the author on the half-title of volume I, "Inscribed by Winston S. Churchill 1948." Churchill's masterpiece was the single most important historical account of the Second World War. 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. As J. H. Plumb noted: "Churchill the historian lies at the very heart of all historiography of the Second World War, and will always remain there... [we still] move down the broad avenues which he drove through war's confusion and complexity." Cohen A240.4; Woods A123(b).
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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