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[First English Edition Set in Dust Jackets]

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By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First English Edition Set
Biblio: (Cohen A69.2(I).b/II-VI.a (Woods A31ab)
Date: 1923-1931
Published: Thornton Butterworth Ltd. [London]
Size (Details): 8vo (5 volumes in 6 books. 2500+ pages, illustrated with folding maps and plans.)
Binding: Hardcover (with Dust Jackets) [Dark blue cloth]
Volumes: 6

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 205079



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 superb First English edition set in the very rare original dust jackets.

VOLUME I (Book 1) is the First Printing, Second State (per Cohen), with the Errata slip tipped-in opposite Page 1. The book and dust jacket are both in astonishing condition; virtually mint, with flap shadows on the front and rear endpapers and foxing to the fore-edges only. The dust jacket, however, is from the 1924 Fifth Printing, with VOLUME I reviews printed on the rear flap and a blurb for the 1915 VOLUME II on the rear face.

VOLUME II (Book 2) is the First Printing in the correct First Printing dust jacket. Jacket and book are both virtually mint, and entirely unfoxed.

VOLUME III/PARTS 1 & II (Books 3 & 4) are both First Printings in the correct First Printing dust jackets. PART 1 jacket has loss of 1/4 inch uniformly along the upper edge and has darkened with age, else fine. PART 2 jacket is edge-chipped, with fractional losses along the upper edge and the jacket folds, else fine. Both books have endpaper flap shadows and scattered foxing, more pronounced to PART 1.

VOLUME IV: THE AFTERMATH (Book 5) is the First Printing, Second State (per Cohen), with the Errata slip tipped-in opposite Page 9. It is wrappe in the correct First Printing dust jacket. Book and jacket are virtually mint, save for age-darkening to the jacket spine.

VOLUME V: THE EASTERN FRONT (Book 6) is the First Printing in the correct dust jacket. Both book and jacket are in stupendous condition, save for color fading to the jacket spine and a 1/2-inch area of loss at the lower right edge of the front face.

Truly exceptional.

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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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