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The War Speeches - full set of seven jacketed British first editions, first printings - Into Battle, The Unrelenting Struggle, The End of the Beginning, Onwards to Victory, The Dawn of Liberation, Victory, Secret Session Speeches
London: Cassell and Company Ltd., 1941-1946. First edition, first printings. Hardcover. Here is a full jacketed set of British first edition, first printings of Churchill's seven war speeches volumes. 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, painter. But Churchill's enduring preeminence owes most to his indispensible leadership during the Second World War, when his soaring and defiant oratory sustained his countrymen and inspired the free world. 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 very good set in very good first printing dust jackets. The blue cloth bindings are uniformly square and tight, marred only by light wear to extremities and some blemishes to the second and fifth volume boards. The contents are bright, with the Volume I contents particularly crisp. Spotting is mild, substantially confined to the page edges and a few pastedowns. Previous ownership marks are confined to a tiny inked owner initial and last name to the Into Battle front pastedown, inked owner name, address, and personal library notation on The End of the Beginning front pastedown, and a small, decorative bookplate affixed to the Victory front pastedown. The first volume, Into Battle, is not only first edition, but first state, denoted by the absence of pagination at pages 78 and 294, and is bound in the smoother, darker blue cloth we correlate to the first state. The Unrelenting Struggle is likewise first state, denoted by irregular pagination at page 281. The first printing dust jackets all retain their original front flap prices. All seven dust jackets show some modest loss, wear, or blemishes, but remain bright and substantially complete. The Into Battle dust jacket is notable for particularly bright spine presentation. The dust jackets are protected in removable, archival quality clear covers. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A142.1.a, A172.1.a, 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(ab), A114(b); Langworth pages 204, 213, 218, 223, 228, 234, 250.
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