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Sir Winston S. CHURCHILL
THE SECOND WORLD WAR By Sir Winston Churchill ~ Vo I - The Gathering Storm [1948] Vol II - Their Finest Hour [1949] Vol III - The Grand Alliance [1950] Vol IV - The Hinge of Fate [1951] Vol V - Closing the Ring [1952] Vol VI - Triumph and Tragedy [1954] [Six Volumes Complete – First Editions, First Impressions – Half Leather Binding]
London: Cassell & Co. Ltd., 1948 - 1954. First Edition, First Impression of each volume. CHURCHILL, Winston. The Second World War, First Editions of: Vol I – The Gathering Storm, 1948, xv, 527pp; Vol II – Their Finest Hour, 1949, xvii, 556pp; Vol III – The Grand Alliance, 1950, xviii, 629pp; Vol IV – The Hinge of Fate, 1951, xviii, 743pp; Vol V – Closing the Ring, 1952, x, 558pp; Vol VI – Triumph and Tragedy, 1954, xvii, 584pp. London: Cassell, (1948-54). Six volumes. Octavo, modern half maroon morocco gilt, raised bands, spine compartments gilt-stamped with Churchill lion emblems, gilt titles, top page edges gilt, others trimmed, marbled paper boards. First English editions of Churchill’s WWII masterpiece, part history and part memoir, written after he lost re-election as Prime Minister, handsomely bound. The six volumes were published separately between 1948 and 1954. With the Second World War, Churchill "pulled himself back from humiliating defeat in 1945, using all his skills as a writer and politician to make his fortune, secure his reputation, and win a second term in Downing Street" (Reynolds, xxiii). "Winston himself affirmed that 'this is not history: this is my case" (Holmes, 285). Churchill was re-elected to the post of Prime Minister in 1951. "The Second World War is a great work of literature, combining narrative, historical imagination and moral precept in a form that bears comparison with that of the original master chronicler, Thucydides. It was wholly appropriate that in 1953 Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature" (Keegan, 175). Although prec … [Click Below for Full Description]
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