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[First English Edition Set]


By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First English Edition Set
Biblio: (Cohen A69.2) (Woods A31ab)
Date: 1923-1931
Published: Thornton Butterworth Ltd. [London]
Size (Details): 8vo (5 volumes in 6 books. 2500+ pages, illustrated with folding maps and plans.)
Binding: Hardcover (without Dust Jackets) [Dark blue cloth]
Volumes: 6

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 207976



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 very good First English edition set, without dust jackets. The cloth remains a deep, rich blue. The gilt titles have very modestly dimmed. There is slight bubbling to the cloth of Books 3 and 5 only, with faint scuffing and light shelfwear to all volumes. The bindings are all square and tight and the contents are all virtually mint and unfoxed; seemingly unopened.

VOLUME I (Book 1) is the rare Third State of the First Printing (per Cohen) with the Errata slip tipped-in at Page 1 and the missing quotation mark on Page 472. There is some fraying to the spine edges, else fine.

VOLUME IV: THE AFTERMATH (Book 5) is the Second State of the First Printing (per Cohen) with the Errata slip tipped-in at Page 9.

A splendid example.

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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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