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THE SECOND WORLD WAR

[SIGNED First American Edition Presentation Set Inscribed Twice to Life Magazine Publisher Andrew Heiskell]


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By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First American Edition Set
Biblio: (Cohen A240.3[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: 207711

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THE SECOND WORLD WAR

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 First American edition set, in unclipped dust jackets, is inscribed and SIGNED in Volumes IV and VI: "To Andrew Heiskell from Winston S. Churchill," hand-dated "1951" and "1954," respectively.

Laid-into Volume IV is a typed note onTime and Life notepaper from Walter Graebner, Time magazine's first foreign correspondent and a go-between for the company with Churchill as he wrote his War Memoirs: "Dear Bob, I am sending you a copy of the ‘Hinge of Fate' inscribed to you by Mr. Churchill."

Laid-into Volume I is a pre-printed presentation slip: "With all good wishes from Winston S. Churchill."

The set is in generally very good condition. The dust jacket faces of all volumes are bright, the rear faces are a bit rubbed. The jacket are fresh, save for Volume I, which is well-worn along the spine, with fractional loss at the tail. The remaining jacket spines retain vivid spine color, with the exception of Volume V, which has faded significantly. Volume VI is a slightly later printing of the First edition, with a jacket priced at $6.50. The spine exhibits a bit more edge-wear, with fractional losses to the spine head and tail.

The books are all in very good condition, the bindings and contents clean; the topstains all well-preserved.

ANDREW HEISKELL(1915-2003) went to work at Life magazine in 1938 as a science editor at the age of 23. In 1946, aged 30 he was named the magazine's publisher. Heiskell continued to rise rapidly through the ranks at Time, Inc., finally becoming Time's chairman and CEO in 1960. He lived to oversee the closing down of Life in 1972 and, in 1974, the inauguration of People magazine, which was essentially his brainchild.
Life magazine published Churchill's Second World War Memoirs first in the U.S., in serialization. Heiskell, as publisher, thus received these first edition volumes personalized for him by Winston Churchill. "Let's always remember," Heiskell would tell his staff, "that the Churchill Memoirs are the biggest literary and historical project that Life, or for that matter any other publication, has ever undertaken."

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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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