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[Rare ‘Times Book Club' Set]


By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: The Times Book Club Edition
Biblio: (Cohen A69.2[I].d, [II].a, [III-1].a, [III-2].b, [IV].a, [V].b ]) (Woods A31abb)
Date: 1923-1931
Published: Thornton Butterworth Ltd. [London]
Size (Details): 8vo (5 volumes in 6 books. 2500+ pages, with folding maps and plans.)
Binding: Hardcover (without Dust Jackets) [Blue cloth]
Volumes: 6

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 206581



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 generally good set of the rare [London] Times Book Club edition, without dust jackets. Bound using various First English Edition sheets, the cloth and spine lettering on these volumes is considerably cruder than the publisher's originals and are thus easily differentiated.

VOLUME I (Book 1) contains sheets from the Second Printing (in the month of publication; April 1923). The book is in very good overall condition, with some bubbling to the cloth, which otherwise remains crisp and clean, with bright gilt type. The contents are fine, but foxed throughout ,with well-tanned endpapers.

VOLUME II (Book 2) contains sheets from the First Printing. The cloth is clean and the binding crisp, with some faint fading to the spine. The book is trimmed slightly shorter than standard height. The contents are fine but foxed on the prelims and fore-edges, with tanning on the front free endpaper, an armorial bookplate on the front pastedown and a tiny Times Book Club sticker on the rear pastedown, plus a date: ‘31 August 1931' discreetly ink-stamped on the rear endpaper.

VOLUME III Part 1 (Book 3) contains sheets from the First Printing; Part 2 (Book 4) sheets are from the Second Impression of the First Printing (in the month of publication; March 1927). The blue cloth of Part I is heavily dampstained. Part II is trimmed slightly shorter than standard height. The bindings of both volumes are crisp and the contents are fine, lightly foxed, with tanning and a discreet owner name in ink on each front free endpaper.

VOLUME IV: THE AFTERMATH (Book 5) contains sheets from the First Printing. The book is bound in a variant course blue cloth that is just a touch shelfworn, with a short tear at the spine head. The contents are fine and unfoxed, with tanning to the free endpapers, front and rear, and a tiny Times Book Club sticker on the rear pastedown.

VOLUME V (Book 6) contains sheets from the Second Impression of the First Printing, with variant marbled fore-edges. The book is is trimmed slightly shorter than standard height. It has been expertly rebacked, with new endpapers and the original spine cloth laid-down. The cloth is otherwise only moderately shelfworn, with a slash in the rear board. The contents are fine, with the remains of the excised half-title page and the loose Times Book Club sticker preserved and laid-in at the front. Really an interesting piece of salvage work.

An unusual set, rarely seen in any condition.

 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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