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[First American Edition Set (Five of Six in Dust Jackets)]

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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: 2210



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, all First Printings, five of the six books in the exceedingly rare dust jackets.
VOLUME I (Book 1) is a correct First edition wrapped in a later edition dust jacket that is not correct but is in exceptional condition, vividly bright, with light-edge-chipping and fractional 1-inch square loss at the the spine head. The binding is square and tight and the cloth is bright, though the gilt spine lettering has dulled, as per usual with this volume. The contents are fine and unfoxed.
VOLUME II (Book 2) is wrapped in a color photocopy of its original dust jacket. The book is the second binding variant of the First Printing, per Cohen (A69.1[II].b).] The spine lettering has faded a bit and the cloth is lightly scuffed. The contents are fine, with faint, scattered foxing to the prelims and the remains of a bookshop sticker on the rear pastedown, else fine
VOLUME III: Parts 1 & 2 (Books 3 and 4) are in their original dust jackets, which are crisp and clean. There is a full inch of loss across the spine head of Part 1 and a clipping of the lower front corner of the inner flap of Part 2 that is not a price clip; the printed price remains. The books are both virtually mint, inside and out.
VOLUME IV: THE AFTERMATH (Book 5) dust jacket is lightly edge-chipped, with fractional losses at the spine head and the rear upper left corner. The jacket spine has darkened significantly and has a center scratch. The front and rear faces are bright. The book is fine and unfoxed, with a tiny vintage bookshop sticker on the lower corner of the front free endpaper.
VOLUME V: THE EASTERN FRONT (Book 6) dust jacket is just about flawless, if faintly darkened at the spine. The book is similarly fine and unfoxed.

Laid-into VOLUME I is a vintage mailer, dated 1923, from Machin's Tailored Shirts of Los Angeles, addressed to "Mr. Geo S. Patton, San Gabriel, Cal." General George S. Patton (Jr.) was born in San Gabriel, California and grew up there. His father was George S. Patton II, so it is more than likely that this volume, if not the entire set, belonged to the father and may well have been read by his son, a voracious student of military history at a young age.

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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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