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THE WAR SPEECHES

[First English Edition Set with a Presentation Card from Winston Churchill]


$4,500.00

By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First English Edition/First State Set
Biblio: (Cohen A142-A227) (Woods A66- A114)
Date: 1941-1946
Published: Cassell and Co. [London]
Size (Details): 8vo
Binding: Hardcover (with Dust Jackets) [Blue cloth]
Volumes: 7 volumes

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 207924

Guide

THE WAR SPEECHES

Seven individual speech compilation volumes were published yearly in the U.K. and the U.S., beginning in 1941, under the following titles: INTO BATTLE (1938-1940 speeches) [published in the U.S. as BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS]; THE UNRELENTING STRUGGLE(1940-1941);THE END OF THE BEGINNING(1942); ONWARDS TO VICTORY (1943); THE DAWN OF LIBERATION (1944); VICTORY (1945); and SECRET SESSION SPEECHES (Various Dates). Unlike the English editions, which were all published by one publisher, Cassell, the American series was initiated by G.P. Putnam with BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS, then carried on by Little, Brown up till the final volume, SECRET SESSION SPEECHES, which was published by Simon and Schuster.

Description: This is a very good set of First English editions, all First Printings, in the increasingly scarce original dust jackets, all of which are unclipped and quite bright. The books are all virtually mint.

Bibliographically, INTO BATTLE is the First State of the First Edition, per Cohen, with the numerals missing on Page 78. There is a lovely bookplate from The Book Society on the front pastedown. The book and contents are pristine.

THE UNRELENTING STRUGGLE is First State, with the misprinted numerals on Page 281. The dust jacket is chipped, with fractional losses at the head, and has darkened somewhat with age. There is a different vintage bookplate on the front pastedown. The contents are otherwise fine, with very light foxing to the fore-edges only.

THE END OF THE BEGINNING dust jacket has darkened a bit and exhibits some light edge-wear, with a small circular rub on the spine. The contents are fine; again with very light foxing to the fore-edges only.

ONWARDS TO VICTORY dust jacket has darkened and exhibits light edge-wear. There is a vintage bookplate on the front pastedown. The contents are fine.

ONWARDS TO VICTORY dust jacket has darkened and exhibits light edge-wear. There is a vintage bookplate on the front pastedown. The contents are fine.

THE DAWN OF LIBERATION dust jacket has faint edge-wear. There is a vintage bookplate on the front pastedown. The contents are fine.

VICTORY is Second State, with the numeral 1 present on Page 177. The book and dust jacket are crisp and clean.

SECRET SESSIONS SPEECHES dust jacket is faintly tanned, as per usual, with a few scattered spots of foxing. The book is the Presentation Binding in purplish-blue cloth. Laid-into it is a presentation card: "WITH THE COMPLIMENTS OF Winston S. Churchill," along with the rarely-seen Errata card for this final volume.

 Please Note: This is a weighty item and does not qualify for free shipping.

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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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