The Second World War. Winston S. Churchill.

The Second World War

Hard Cover. London: Cassell & Co., 1948-1954, 1948. First Edition. Very Good / Dust Jacket Included.

First edition, first printing. Six volumes. Publisher's black boards, titles in gilt to spine, red topstain, gray endpapers with repeating "W.S.C." initials; original gray dust jacket with repeating "W.S.C." initials, title colors to front panel and spine vary between volumes. Very good set with some boards slightly bowing, a bit of foxing to text leaves, topstain a bit faded, previous owner's inscription to volume I front pastedown, some toning to volume VI endpapers; unclipped dust jackets with some toning to spines and extremities, lightly nicked corners, and some wear and shallow closed tears to spine ends. Overall, an excellent and attractive set. The Second World War, a six-volume set published from 1948-1954, is a history written from an unparalleled perspective. While most historians are removed from their subjects, Winston Churchill composed most of The Second World War as the war unfolded, while he was the Prime Minister of Great Britain. Churchill intended to write a history of the war from the time he took office in 1940, often saying, "I will leave judgments on this matter to history-but I will be one of the historians." Throughout the war, Churchill compiled important documents weekly and wrote out his opinions on the significance of each. In 1953, Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature "for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values."

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Price: $900.00

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