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CHURCHILL, Winston S.
The Second World War. [The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy.]
London: Cassell & Co. Ltd., 1948-54. 6 volumes, octavo (204 x 132 mm). Finely bound by Morell in near-contemporary burgundy half morocco, twin green morocco labels, decoration to spines gilt, raised bands, matching cloth boards, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. Bookplate to front pastedowns, fore-edges a little marked, spines rubbed and labels variously rubbed and faded. A very good set handsomely bound. With diagrams and tables throughout the text. First editions of Churchill's masterpiece, 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). [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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