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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
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 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 collector-worthy set of seven first edition, first printings. All seven first printing dust jackets retain bright color, with superior spine presentation. Only one of the seven dust jackets is price-clipped. Dust jacket losses are minimal, confined to a few .25 inch or smaller chips. The Into Battle dust jacket is of particular note, being entirely unfaded with a superlative, bright spine. Although Into Battle is price-clipped, the extraordinary color and lack of wear on this dust jacket more than compensate. Also of note, the white Secret Session Speeches dust jacket bears none of the usual spotting and soiling. All seven bindings are exceptionally clean with virtually no wear and bright spine gilt. A few trivial bumps are the only exterior flaws. The contents of all seven volumes are unusually clean and bright. The only internal spotting is confined to the ffep of Volume four. Spotting is otherwise confined to the text block edges. Into Battle is a crisp, unread first state copy (confirmed by missing pagination on pages 78 and 294). Victory is also a first state copy (with incorrect pagination on p.177). The only previous owner marking in the set is an inked inscription in the third volume from a son to his father dated "Sept 7 - 1943". 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.a, 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.
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