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The War Speeches - full set of 7 British first editions - Into Battle, The Unrelenting Struggle, The End of the Beginning, Onwards to Victory, The Dawn of Liberation, Victory, Secret Session Speeches
Cassell and Company Ltd. During his long public life, Winston Churchill played many roles worthy of historical note - member of Parliament for more than half a century, distinguished soldier and war correspondent, author of scores of books, ardent social reformer, combative cold warrior, Nobel Prize winner. But more than anything else, it was Winston Churchill's leadership during the Second World War that made him a preeminent historical figure. Here is a full set of first editions of Churchill-s war speeches - the soaring and defiant oratory that sustained his countrymen and inspired the free world during the greatest war the world has ever known. Of Churchill, Edward R. Murrow said: "He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle." Between 1941 and 1946, Churchill's war speeches were published in seven individual volumes. The British first editions are visually striking, but were printed on cheap wartime paper, bound in coarse cloth, and wrapped in bright, fragile dust jackets. They proved highly susceptible to spotting, soiling, and fading, so the passage of time has been hard on most surviving first editions. Here is a superior, near-fine set in very good or better dust jackets. All seven books are first printings in correct first printing jackets. All dust jackets retain bright, unfaded color. Only Onwards to Victory is price-clipped; the other six dust jackets all retain their original front flap prices. Chipping and wear to extremities affects all the jackets, but is minor, the worst being chipping at the head of the Into Battle spine to a maximum .5 inch depth. However, the into Battle dust jacket compensates with unusually bright, unfaded spine color. The blue cloth bindings of all seven bindings are bright, clean, and square, marred only by a few tiny corner bumps. The contents of all seven volumes are extremely bright, clean, and crisp. The only internal spotting detected is confined to the ffep and half title of The Dawn of Liberation. Light spotting affects the text block edges of six volumes. Of note, Into Battle is a crisp, unread, first state copy (confirmed by missing pagination on pages 78 and 294). There are no previous ownership markings in the set, with the single exception of an inked owner notation on The End of the Beginning front pastedown. All seven dust jackets are protected in removable, archival quality clear covers. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A142.1.a, A172.1.b, A183.1.a, A194.1.a, A214.1.a, A223.1.b, A227.2.a; Woods/ICS A66(a.1), A89(a.1), A94(a.1), a101(a.1), A107(a.1), A112(aa), A114(b); Langworth pages 204, 213, 218, 223, 228, 234, 250.
      [Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector]
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