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[First American Edition Set]


By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First American Edition Set
Biblio: (Cohen A69.1) (Woods A31aa)
Date: 1923-1931
Published: Charles Scribners Sons [New York]
Size (Details): 8vo (5 volumes in 6 books. 2500+ pages, with folding maps and plans.)
Binding: Hardcover (with Dust Jacket) [Dark reddish-brown cloth]
Volumes: 6 books

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 204061



Churchill's highly subjective history of the First World War; five volumes (in six books) written over eight years. Initial volumes were first published in the U.S. (by a matter of days), making the American edition the true first edition. Volume I (1911-1914) and Volume II (1915) were published in 1923. Volume III (1916-1918 ) was published in two parts in 1927 (hence the five/in six volumes ultimate format). Volume IV (THE AFTERMATH 1918-1928) was published in 1929; and Volume V (THE UNKNOWN WAR/EASTERN FRONT) in 1931. A one-volume abridgement by the author was soon issued. Most subsequent re-issues have been incomplete, abridged or condensed versions of the original text.

Description: This is a very good First American edition set, without dust jackets. VOLUME I is worn and faded along the spine, as per usual, with a length-long crease in the cloth. VOLUME II is less worn and faded along the spine. The remaining volumes are bright, crisply bound and largely unfaded along the spines. The contents of all volumes are clean and unfoxed, with an ink gift inscriptions in VOLUME II from the American novelist John P. Marquand, and, in VOLUME V: THE AFTERMATH, a former owner's name and address inked in on the front free endpaper along with the words: "Do Not Borrow."

A very nice set overall, far better than usual.

 Please Note: This is a weighty item and does not qualify for free shipping.

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Bibliographic numbers (in parentheses) are from Frederick Woods' original Churchill bibliography (Woods), as emended by Richard Langworth in his Connoisseur's Guide; and from the new, greatly expanded Churchill bibliography by Ronald Cohen (Cohen).










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