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The World Crisis: The Aftermath
London: Thornton Butterworth, Ltd., 1929. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. This is a superior jacketed British first edition, first printing of the fifth book in ChurchillÂ’s acclaimed history of the First World War.  This volume deals with the postwar years 1918 to 1928.  This copy is near fine in a nearly very good dust jacket.  The blue cloth binding is square, clean, bright, and tight with sharp corners and vivid spine gilt.  Of note, this copy is entirely free of the blistering of the binding cloth which is endemic to the edition.  The contents are crisp with no previous ownership marks.  The book feels unread.  Spotting is modest for the edition, primarily confined to endpapers, prelims, and page edges.  Differential toning to the endpapers corresponding to the dust jacket flaps confirms that this copy has spent life jacketed.  The dust jacket shows only fractional chipping to extremities, a few short closed tears, and a tiny gouge at the center of the spine.  The spine is evenly toned, but nonetheless has quite respectable shelf presentation.  The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover.  Churchill played a critical, controversial, and varied role in the First World War and his remarkable experience underpins his epic, six-volume history of the conflict.  Of The World Crisis, Frederick Woods wrote: "The volumes contain some of Churchill's finest writing, weaving the many threads together with majestic ease, describing the massive battles in terms which fitly combine relish of the literary challenge with an awareness of the sombre tragedy of the events." 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 his 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. Many consider the British edition aesthetically superior to the U.S., with its larger volumes and shoulder notes summarizing the subject of each page.  Unfortunately, the smooth navy cloth of the British first editions proved quite susceptible to wear, the contents prone to spotting and toning. The dust jackets are elusive; when this set was originally published between 1923 and 1931, booksellers often discarded the dust jackets when offering the books for sale.  Bibliographic reference: Cohen A69.2(IV).b, Woods/ICS A31(ab), Langworth p.105.
      [Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector]
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