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The Second World War
London: Cassell & Co. Ltd, 1948-54. London: Cassell & Co. Ltd,, 1948-54. 6 volumes, octavo. Original black cloth, spines lettered in gilt, top edges pink, grey endpapers decorated with a design that alternates a lion rampant with the initials W.S.C. In the typographical dust jackets with background design as per the endpapers. Maps and diagrams, some folding. Contemporary presentation inscription to front free endpaper verso of vol. I. Some light foxing to contents, a very good set in like jackets, general sunning to spine panels and light peripheral chipping to jackets, vol. I price-clipped, vol. II with 8 cm closed tear to front panel. First UK editions, first impressions, of Churchill's masterpiece, the single most important historical account of the Second World War, and a major factor in Churchill being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. As Max Beloff observed, there was no statesman of the 20th century "whose retrospective accounts of the great events in which he has taken part have so dominated subsequent historical thinking". The publication date of the UK edition was slightly preceded by the US edition. Cohen A240.4; Woods A123(b).
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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