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[First American Edition Set (Four 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 striking First American edition set, the last four books in their original, exceedingly rare dust jackets. The set is in exceptional condition. VOLUME I (Book 1) has dulled along the spine, as per usual with this volume. It is otherwise square, tight and unfoxed. VOLUME II (Book 2) is the binding variant of the First Printing, per Cohen (A69.1[II].b).] It is wrapped in a color photocopy of its original dust jacket. VOLUME III: Parts 1 & 2 (Books 3 and 4) are in their original dust jackets, which are crisp and clean, with an inch of loss at the spine head of Part 1 and a clipping of the lower front corner of Part 2 that is not a price clip; the printed price remains. VOLUME IV: THE AFTERMATH (Book 5) jacket is lightly edge-chipped and has darkened significantly at the spine. The front and rear faces are fresh and bright, and the book is in fine condition, 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. All books, by virtue of their jackets, are in spectacular condition, inside and out.

Interestingly, 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 was 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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