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The World Crisis: The Aftermath, 1918-1928, review copy of the first U S edition
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. This is a jacketed publisher?s review copy of the first edition, first printing of the fifth book of The World Crisis, Churchill's acclaimed history of the First World War. Jacketed first editions are quite scarce. This copy would be notable for condition alone ? near fine in a very good dust jacket. What makes this copy exceptional is discovery of the original publisher?s review slip laid in at the front pastedown. The 5 x 3.25 inch review slip is printed dark brown on ivory stock in eight lines below a decorative device: ?TO THE LITERARY EDITOR | We take pleasure in presenting this book for editorial | use with the request that in notices or reviews attention | be called to the price. A clipping of such notices or | reviews will be greatly appreciated by | Charles Scribner?s Sons | 597 Fifth Avenue, New York? A ?Date of Publication? line is left blank but in the ?Price? line is hand-written ?5.00?. This is the first review copy of this volume we have encountered. Any prospective collector will hopefully forgive the intended reviewer for the fact that this copy apparently went unread. The russet cloth binding remains square and tight with perfect, unfaded color and vivid gilt, consonant with its protection beneath an original dust jacket. We note only slight wrinkling at the spine head, a few small bumps to the upper and lower edges of the rear cover, and light wear to the corners. The contents retain a crisp feel with no spotting. The page edges show only modest age-toning and light dust soiling to the top edge. The sole previous ownership mark is an inked gift inscription on the front free endpaper dated ?1929?. The dust jacket is substantially complete and retains the original $5.00 front flap price. We note minor chipping to the spine ends and corners and a 2.5 inch closed tear to the upper rear hinge. The jacket faces are clean. The spine shows moderate, uniform toning and faint moisture staining to the upper spine at the title. The dust jacket is protected beneath a removable, archival quality clear cover. This fifth volume of The World Crisis deals with the postwar years 1918 to 1928. Churchill was in a special position to write this history, having served both in the Cabinet and on the Front. First Lord of the Admiralty from 1911 until 1915, after the failure in the Dardanelles and the slaughter at Gallipoli, Churchill was scapegoated and forced to resign. He spent political exile as a lieutenant colonel leading a battalion in the trenches. Before war's end, Churchill was exonerated and rejoined the Government, but the stigma would linger. Churchill may have meant for his history of the First World War to clear his name, but his six volume masterwork far exceeds this purpose. The U.S. is the true first edition, as U.S. Volume I publication preceded the British. Both the U.S. and British editions were originally published as six individual books between 1923 and 1931. Today, jacketed first editions are quite scarce - jacketed U.S. editions even more so than their British counterparts. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A69.1(IV).a, Woods/ICS A31(aa), Langworth p.103
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