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[First American Edition PRESENTATION Set to Field Marshal Alexander]

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By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First American Edition Set
Biblio: (Cohen A240.1[I-VI]) (Woods A123aa)
Date: 1948-1953
Published: Houghton Mifflin Company [Boston]
Size (Details): 8vo (Maps, diagrams and tables throughout.)
Binding: Hardcover (with Dust Jackets) [Red cloth]
Volumes: 6 volumes

Category: Signed
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 203931



The best-selling six-volume history that helped gain Churchill a Nobel Prize for literature. Published first in the U.S., the ensuing English edition contained numerous corrections and even a few additional maps. It is therefore considered more definitive, though today the American edition may be rarer. The series was simultaneously published by the Book-of-the-Month-Club, printed on the same presses as the first editions, and thus today can easily be confused with them.

Description: This extraordinary First American edition set, in dust jackets, was presented, volume-by-volume, to Field Marshall Alexander of Tunis by the author Winston Churchill. The first five volumes contain Alexander's bookplate on the front pastedowns. Tipped-into Volume I at the front free endpaper is an autograph note, inimitable, and all in Churchill's hand, on 28, Hyde Park Gate notepaper, that reads:

"My dear Alex, Herewith Vol. I of my war story. You do not come in yet. With my best wishes, Yours ever, W. 16. June 1948."

Volume II is SIGNED and Inscribed in ink on the front free endpaper: "To Alex from Winston 1949."

Volumes III, IV and V contain, tipped-in at the front free endpaper, the original pre-printed presentation slips that Churchill's staff sent out: "With all good wishes from Winston S. Churchill." Volume VI contains this slip loosely laid-in.

The dust jackets are all correct, with $6.00 flap-prices, as called for. The jackets are all in very good condition, with fractional losses and edge chipping along the spines of all volumes, most pronounced on Volumes I and II. Volume I jacket is quite shelworn and faded across the spine, with losses at the head and tail and along the folds. Volume II jacket has a two-inch by one-inch loss along the upper edge of the front face, and a one-inch loss at the spine tail. The spine of Volume V is quite faded (as per usual). The books are all confirmed First American editions and in virtually mint condition; bright, fresh and unfoxed.

As significant a Presentation set as one may hope to find.

FILED MARSHALL HAROLD ALEXANDER, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis (1891-1969) oversaw the final evacuation of Dunkirk as Commander of the British Expeditionary Force, before becoming Commander-in-Chief in North Africa and commanding the 15th Army Group for the capture of Sicily. He was ultimatley made Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean. Alexander had been educated, just as Churchill had, first at Harrow and then at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He was indispensable to Churchill and their relationship was close. "He was Churchill's beau ideal of a soldier," noted Churchill's private secretary, Sir John Colville, "and the admiration was mutual."

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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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