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Winston S. Churchill
The World Crisis, 1916-1918, Volumes I & II, in the original dust jackets
Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1927. This is a jacketed first edition, first printing set of the third and fourth volumes of Winston Churchill's monumental history of The First World War. A quarter of a century before the Second World War endowed him with lasting fame, Winston Churchill played a uniquely critical, controversial, and varied role in the "War to end all wars". Then, being Churchill, he wrote about it. The World Crisis was originally published in six volumes between 1923 and 1931, with the first four volumes spanning the war years 1911-1918 and the final two volumes covering the postwar years 1918-1928 (The Aftermath) and the Eastern theatre (The Eastern Front). These U.S. first edition 1916-1918 volumes were published as a pair, subtitled respectively "Volume I" and "Volume II". The events of the 1916-1918 volumes include Churchill's time at the Front, his return to the Cabinet, and Armistice Day, marking the formal end of hostilities. Unusual among Churchill¬ís many published books, the U.S. first edition of The World Crisis initially preceded the British, making it the true first edition. Unfortunately, the russet cloth of the U.S. first edition, particularly that of the first volume, proved quite susceptible to spine toning in the absence of the original dust jackets - which, of course, are elusive. Here is a pair, fine and near fine respectively, in very good plus dust jackets. The bindings remain bright and clean as only jacketed copies are. The sole exterior defect we find is a little mottling/faint discoloration of the cloth at the upper and lower ed … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector ABAA/ILAB/IOBA [San Diego, CA, U.S.A.]

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