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Winston S. Churchill. The Sinews of Peace. Cassell and Company Ltd., London, 1948.

Price: US$55.00 + shipping

Description: This is the British first edition, only printing, of the first of Churchill's five postwar speech volumes. Here is a very good copy in a good plus dust jacket. The dark orange cloth binding is clean, tight, and square with sharp corners and bright spine gilt. The contents are notably bright with no previous ownership marks. We note a little bruising to the upper fore edges of the first 40 pages and light spotting to the page edges. Intriguingly, extensive notation in light pencil on the rear endpaper verso begins thus: "Churchill Story. During the war, when out in Cyprus on a military conference " The dust jacket is neatly price-clipped with minor wear to extremities, small abrasions along the front hinge, and light soiling and spotting to the rear panel and flap folds. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover. Having done so much to win the war, Churchill faced frustration of his postwar plans when his wartime government fell to Labour in the General Election of July 1945. He would remain Leader of the Opposition until the General Election of late October 1951, which returned the Conservative Party to Parliamentary majority and Churchill to Downing Street for his second and final Premiership at the age of 76. The Sinews of Peace contains 29 speeches spanning October 1945 through the end of 1946. These include the famous "Iron Curtain" speech given at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri on 5 March 1946, where Churchill coined the phrase that described the division between the Soviet Union's sphere of influence and the West. This speech incisively framed the Cold War that would dominate the second half of the Twentieth Century. Then-President Harry S. Truman traveled to Fulton in order to personally introduce Churchill. Of equal note is Churchill's famous speech of 19 September 1946 at Zurich University promoting a United Europe. It was this speech that lent bold impetus to formation of what would eventually become the European Union, with Churchill an early, ardent, and vital advocate of pan-European integration. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A241.1, Woods/ICS A124(a), Langworth p.284

Seller: Churchill Book Collector ABAA/ILAB/IOBA, San Diego, CA, U.S.A.

Winston S. Churchill. The Sinews of Peace. Cassell and Company Ltd., London, 1948.

Price: US$65.00 + shipping

Description: This is the British first edition, only printing, of the first of Churchill's five postwar speech volumes. Here is a very good copy in a very good dust jacket. The dark orange cloth binding is square, clean and tight with bright spine gilt. We find light shelf wear to the bottom edges, a touch of sunning to the spine extremities corresponding to small jacket losses, and a tiny bump to the lower rear corner. The contents remain clean, modestly age-toned but with no spotting. Previous ownership marks are confined to the small sticker of London bookshop on the lower front pastedown and a stray ink mark on the facing lower front free endpaper recto. The dust jacket is unclipped, with the original publisher’s price intact on the lower front flap. We note the aforementioned tiny losses to the spine ends, as well as fractional loss to the corners and scuffing to the hinges and lower spine. The white rear panel and flaps are age-toned, but nonetheless fairly clean. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover. Having done so much to win the war, Churchill faced frustration of his postwar plans when his wartime government fell to Labour in the General Election of July 1945. He would remain Leader of the Opposition until the General Election of late October 1951, which returned the Conservative Party to Parliamentary majority and Churchill to Downing Street for his second and final Premiership at the age of 76. The Sinews of Peace contains 29 speeches spanning October 1945 through the end of 1946. These include the famous "Iron Curtain" speech given at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri on 5 March 1946, where Churchill coined the phrase that described the division between the Soviet Union's sphere of influence and the West. This speech incisively framed the Cold War that would dominate the second half of the Twentieth Century. Then-President Harry S. Truman traveled to Fulton in order to personally introduce Churchill. Of equal note is Churchill's famous speech of 19 September 1946 at Zurich University promoting a United Europe. It was this speech that lent bold impetus to formation of what would eventually become the European Union, with Churchill an early, ardent, and vital advocate of pan-European integration. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A241.1, Woods/ICS A124(a), Langworth p.284

Seller: Churchill Book Collector ABAA/ILAB/IOBA, San Diego, CA, U.S.A.

Winston S. Churchill. The Sinews of Peace. Cassell and Company Ltd., London, 1948.

Price: US$90.00 + shipping

Description: This is the British first edition, only printing, of the first of Churchill's five postwar speech volumes. Here is a very good copy in a very good dust jacket. The dark orange cloth binding is clean, tight, and square with sharp corners. We note a bit of shelf wear to the bottom edges and a hint of sunning and wrinkling to the spine ends. The contents are clean. A trivial hint of spotting appears confined to the dusty top edge of the text block. The sole previous ownership mark is a name and date of "Sep. 1948" – the month after publication – inked on the front free endpaper. The dust jacket is unclipped, retaining the original publisher’s price on the lower front flap, and substantially complete, with only fractional hints of loss to the spine ends and corners. We note a .5 inch (1.3 cm) closed tear and associated wrinkling at the lower rear hinge, a scuff at the mid-point of the spine, and light soiling to the white rear panel. The dust jacket is protected with a removable, archival quality clear cover. Having done so much to win the war, Churchill faced frustration of his postwar plans when his wartime government fell to Labour in the General Election of July 1945. He would remain Leader of the Opposition until the General Election of late October 1951, which returned the Conservative Party to Parliamentary majority and Churchill to Downing Street for his second and final Premiership at the age of 76. The Sinews of Peace contains 29 speeches spanning October 1945 through the end of 1946. These include the famous "Iron Curtain" speech given at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri on 5 March 1946, where Churchill coined the phrase that described the division between the Soviet Union's sphere of influence and the West. This speech incisively framed the Cold War that would dominate the second half of the Twentieth Century. Then-President Harry S. Truman traveled to Fulton in order to personally introduce Churchill. Of equal note is Churchill's famous speech of 19 September 1946 at Zurich University promoting a United Europe. It was this speech that lent bold impetus to formation of what would eventually become the European Union, with Churchill an early, ardent, and vital advocate of pan-European integration. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A241.1, Woods/ICS A124(a), Langworth p.284

Seller: Churchill Book Collector ABAA/ILAB/IOBA, San Diego, CA, U.S.A.

Winston S. Churchill. The Sinews of Peace. Cassell and Company Ltd., London, 1948.

Price: US$125.00 + shipping

Description: This is the British first edition, only printing, of the first of Churchill's five postwar speech volumes. Here is a very good plus copy in a very good plus dust jacket. The dark orange cloth binding is clean, tight, and square with bright spine gilt. We note miniscule corner bumps, trivial wrinkling to the spine ends, and a bit of shelf wear to the bottom edges. The contents are bright with no spotting and no previous ownership marks. The top edge of the text block is dust soiled. The dust jacket is unclipped, with the original publisher’s price intact on the lower front flap, and complete apart from fractional hints of loss at the upper hinges. Shelf presentation is quite good. The rear cover is lightly soiled and spotted. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover. Having done so much to win the war, Churchill faced frustration of his postwar plans when his wartime government fell to Labour in the General Election of July 1945. He would remain Leader of the Opposition until the General Election of late October 1951, which returned the Conservative Party to Parliamentary majority and Churchill to Downing Street for his second and final Premiership at the age of 76. The Sinews of Peace contains 29 speeches spanning October 1945 through the end of 1946. These include the famous "Iron Curtain" speech given at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri on 5 March 1946, where Churchill coined the phrase that described the division between the Soviet Union's sphere of influence and the West. This speech incisively framed the Cold War that would dominate the second half of the Twentieth Century. Then-President Harry S. Truman traveled to Fulton in order to personally introduce Churchill. Of equal note is Churchill's famous speech of 19 September 1946 at Zurich University promoting a United Europe. It was this speech that lent bold impetus to formation of what would eventually become the European Union, with Churchill an early, ardent, and vital advocate of pan-European integration. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A241.1, Woods/ICS A124(a), Langworth p.284

Seller: Churchill Book Collector ABAA/ILAB/IOBA, San Diego, CA, U.S.A.

Winston S. Churchill. The Postwar Speeches, a full set of jacketed first editions: The Sinews of Peace, Europe Unite, In the Balance, Stemming the Tide, and The Unwritten Alliance. Cassell and Company Ltd., London, 1948.

Price: US$1250.00 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: Here is a full, jacketed British first edition set of all five of Churchill's post-WWII speech volumes. These volumes span the period from Demobilization in late 1945, when Churchill was Leader of the Opposition, through his second Premiership (1951-1955), into a time when Churchill passes "into a living national memorial" of the time he has lived and the Nation, Empire, and free world he has served. The events encompassed by these years are in many ways no less dramatic than those of the war years - the unraveling of the British Empire, the post-war recovery, the onset of the Cold War, Soviet acquisition of the atomic bomb, development of the hydrogen bomb, and the beginning of the space age (to name a few). These postwar speech volumes are much more scarce than Churchill's War Speeches volumes; all five of these books had only a single printing each. Moreover, collectors should note that the fifth and final volume, The Unwritten Alliance, is the last of Churchill's books published in his lifetime and was issued only in Britain, with no U.S. edition. All five volumes offered here are very good in very good minus or better dust jackets. All five cloth bindings are clean, tight, and square with sharp corners and minimal wear, though the Stemming the Tide spine gilt is a bit dulled and there is slight sunning corresponding to the small dust jacket losses at the spine ends. The contents of all five volumes are uniformly clean and tight. No internal spotting. The sole previous ownership marks in the set are a small decorative bookplate on the ffep of In the Balance and a single inked name on the Stemming the Tide ffep. Notably, the only trace of spotting in the set is found on the top edge of In the Balance. There is some minor dust soiling to a few top edges, and the page edges generally show modest age-toning. All five dust jackets are bright and clean. The first four dust jackets are unclipped, still bearing the original front flap prices. The Unwritten Alliance is neatly price-clipped, but compensates with superb shelf appearance and virtually none of the wear and orange streaks endemic to this edition. Please note that Stemming the Tide has the more desirable first state dust jacket. The Stemming the Tide jacket is unclipped, still retaining the original front flap price, with wear at the edges and hinges, chipping at the spine ends to a maximum depth of .25 inch, and chipping to the upper edge of the rear panel to a maximum depth of .625 inch. In the Balance, Europe Unite, and The Sinews of Peace show minor chipping and wear to the spine ends. These flaws aside, this is a quite respectable and clean jacketed set. The dust jackets are protected in removable, archival quality clear covers. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A241.1, A246.1, A255.1, A264.1, A273; Woods/ICS A124(a), A128(a), A130(a), A137(a), A142; Langworth pages 184, 296, 301, 309, 338.

Seller: Churchill Book Collector ABAA/ILAB/IOBA, San Diego, CA, U.S.A.

Winston S. Churchill. The Postwar Speeches, a full set of jacketed first editions: The Sinews of Peace, Europe Unite, In the Balance, Stemming the Tide, and The Unwritten Alliance. Cassell and Company Ltd., London, 1948.

Price: US$1375.00 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: Here is a quite respectable full, jacketed British first edition set of all five of Churchill's post-WWII speech volumes. These volumes span the period from Demobilization in late 1945, when Churchill was Leader of the Opposition, through his second Premiership (1951-1955), into a time when Churchill passes "into a living national memorial" of the time he has lived and the Nation, Empire, and free world he has served. The events encompassed by these years are in many ways no less dramatic than those of the war years - the unraveling of the British Empire, the post-war recovery, the onset of the Cold War, Soviet acquisition of the atomic bomb, development of the hydrogen bomb, and the beginning of the space age (to name a few). These postwar speech volumes are much more scarce than Churchill's War Speeches volumes; all five of these books had only a single printing each. Moreover, collectors should note that the fifth and final volume, The Unwritten Alliance, is the last of Churchill's books published in his lifetime and was issued only in Britain, with no U.S. edition. All five volumes offered here are very good plus or better in very good or better dust jackets. All five cloth bindings are clean, tight, and square with minimal wear. The contents of all five volumes are uniformly clean and tight. No internal spotting. No previous ownership marks. A trivial hint of spotting is confined to the text block edges of Europe Unite and there is some dust soiling to the Sinews of Peace top edge. All five dust jackets are bright and clean with only modest wear and imperfections. The first four dust jackets are unclipped, still bearing the original front flap prices. The Unwritten Alliance is neatly price-clipped, but compensates with superb shelf appearance, no losses, and virtually none of the wear and orange streaks endemic to this edition. Please note that Stemming the Tide has the more desirable first state dust jacket. Stemming the Tide has a 1.25 inch closed tear to the upper front face that nearly disappears beneath the dust jacket protector, as well as chipping to a depth of .25 inch at the spine head. In the Balance also shows some minor chipping to the spine head. The dust jackets for Europe Unite and The Sinews of Peace show only light wrinkling at the spine heads, as well as a bit of wear along The Sinews of Peace front hinge. The dust jackets are protected in removable, archival quality clear covers. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A241.1, A246.1, A255.1, A264.1, A273; Woods/ICS A124(a), A128(a), A130(a), A137(a), A142; Langworth pages 184, 296, 301, 309, 338.

Seller: Churchill Book Collector ABAA/ILAB/IOBA, San Diego, CA, U.S.A.

Winston S. Churchill. The Postwar Speeches, a full set of jacketed first editions: The Sinews of Peace, Europe Unite, In the Balance, Stemming the Tide, and The Unwritten Alliance. Cassell and Company Ltd., London, 1948.

Price: US$1400.00 + shipping

Description: Here is a jacketed set of all five of Churchill's post-WWII speech volumes, increasingly challenging to assemble thus. These volumes span the period from Demobilization in late 1945, when Churchill was Leader of the Opposition, through his second Premiership (1951-1955) into a time when Churchill passes "into a living national memorial" of the time he has lived and the Nation, Empire, and free world he has served. The events encompassed by these years are in many ways no less dramatic than those of the war years - the unraveling of the British Empire, the post-war recovery, the onset of the Cold War, Soviet acquisition of the atomic bomb, development of the hydrogen bomb, and the beginning of the space age (to name a few). These postwar speech volumes are scarcer than Churchill’s War Speeches volumes; all five of these books had only a single printing each. Moreover, not all of the fourth volume’s sheets were issued in a binding cloth and dust jacket matching the rest of the volumes; the later issue dust jacket is solid black with no matching oak leaf border at the top and bottom edges. Also of note, the fifth and final volume, The Unwritten Alliance, is the last of Churchill's books published in his lifetime and was issued only in Britain, with no U.S. edition. All five volumes in this set are in very good plus or better condition in very good or better dust jackets. All five cloth bindings are clean, tight, and square with sharp corners, and virtually no wear. We note only a touch of sunning to the bottom edge of The Sinews of Peace and the spine head of Stemming the Tide. The contents of all five volumes are uniformly bright and unusually clean. Trivial spotting appears confined to the front pastedown and facing front free endpaper recto of Europe Unite. We find no other spotting; even the page edges are notably clean. The sole previous ownership mark is "Easter 1950" inked on the Europe Unite front free endpaper. The dust jackets are all unclipped, retaining the original front flap prices. All five dust jackets remain bright and present well on the shelf. Stemming the Tide has the more desirable and elusive first state dust jacket. We note light wear to extremities, fractional chipping to the In the Balance and Stemming the Tide spine heads with a closed tear at the upper rear hinge of Stemming the Tide. Dust jackets for The Unwritten Alliance were notoriously poorly printed, and consequently are almost always rubbed or streaked, with orange showing through the black background. This Unwritten Alliance is an unusually bright example and complete with no loss, though with a faint vertical crease to the spine and some wear at the spine head. All five dust jackets are newly fitted with removable, archival quality clear covers. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A241.1, A246.1, A255.1, A264.1, A273; Woods/ICS A124(a), A128(a), A130(a), A137(a), A142; Langworth pages 184, 296, 301, 309, 338

Seller: Churchill Book Collector ABAA/ILAB/IOBA, San Diego, CA, U.S.A.

Winston S. Churchill. The Postwar Speeches, a full set of jacketed first editions: The Sinews of Peace, Europe Unite, In the Balance, Stemming the Tide, and The Unwritten Alliance. Cassell and Company Ltd., London, 1948.

Price: US$1500.00 + shipping

Description: Here is a jacketed set of all five of Churchill's post-WWII speech volumes, increasingly challenging to assemble thus. These volumes span the period from Demobilization in late 1945, when Churchill was Leader of the Opposition, through his second Premiership (1951-1955) into a time when Churchill passes "into a living national memorial" of the time he has lived and the Nation, Empire, and free world he has served. The events encompassed by these years are in many ways no less dramatic than those of the war years - the unraveling of the British Empire, the post-war recovery, the onset of the Cold War, Soviet acquisition of the atomic bomb, development of the hydrogen bomb, and the beginning of the space age (to name a few). These postwar speech volumes are scarcer than Churchill’s War Speeches volumes; all five of these books had only a single printing each. Moreover, not all of the fourth volume’s sheets were issued in a binding cloth and dust jacket matching the rest of the volumes; the later issue dust jacket is solid black with no matching oak leaf border at the top and bottom edges. Also of note, the fifth and final volume, The Unwritten Alliance, is the last of Churchill's books published in his lifetime and was issued only in Britain, with no U.S. edition. All five volumes in this set are in very good plus or better condition in very good or better dust jackets. All five cloth bindings are clean, tight, and square with sharp corners, unfaded spines, and virtually no wear. We note only a single, tiny corner bump among the otherwise sharp corners. The contents are all overall cleaner than we typically see. Spotting appears confined to the Europe Unite endpapers and page edges, and the page edges and first and final leaves of Stemming the Tide. Previous ownership marks are an inked gift inscription dated "1948" on the Sinews of Peace front free endpaper, an ink-stamped Canadian address at the bottom of the Stemming the Tide front free endpaper, and a decorative book plate affixed to the front pastedown of The Unwritten Alliance (The "House of Belt" bookplate testifies that this volume came from the private collection of Dr. Elmer Belt, 1893-1980, prominent surgeon and noted bibliophile.) All five dust jackets have excellent shelf appearance, with bright spines and only fractional wear to extremities. Dust jackets for The Unwritten Alliance were notoriously poorly printed, and consequently are almost always rubbed or streaked, with orange showing through the black background. This example of The Unwritten Alliance is an especially bright example that not only has strong spine presentation, but also almost none of the typical orange streaks modest and particularly bright white rear panel and flaps. The jackets are complete apart from neatly price-clipped lower front flaps on In the Balance and Stemming the Tide. We note some soiling and spotting to some of the white rear panels of the jackets. All five dust jackets are protected beneath removable, archival quality clear covers. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A241.1, A246.1, A255.1, A264.1, A273; Woods/ICS A124(a), A128(a), A130(a), A137(a), A142; Langworth pages 184, 296, 301, 309, 338

Seller: Churchill Book Collector ABAA/ILAB/IOBA, San Diego, CA, U.S.A.

Denis Kelly. I hope there isn’t a second gathering storm about to break!" -- 4 August 1948 holograph letter from "indefatigable Churchill literary assistant" Denis Kelly to Desmond Flower of Cassell regarding uncorrected errors in the soon-to-be published British first edition of the first volume of Winston S. Churchill's The Second World War, The Gathering Storm. Hyde Park Gate, London, 1948.

Price: US$1500.00 + shipping

Description: This 4 August July 1948 holograph letter is from "indefatigable Churchill literary assistant" Denis Kelly to Desmond Flower of Cassell regarding uncorrected errors in the soon-to be published British first edition of the first volume of The Second World War, The Gathering Storm (published 4 October 1948). The holograph letter is inked entirely in Kelly’s hand on the recto of a sheet of Hyde Park Gate stationery. Dated by Kelly "11/8/48" (11 August 1948), it reads: "Dear Flower, I’ve found a number of rather hefty misprints in The Gathering Storm, & will send you a list " Kelly acknowledges " that it is too late to do anything about it now " but suggests a review protocol for Cassell to follow " before you print a second edition " Tellingly, Kelly concludes "I haven’t broken the news to W.S.C. yet, but I hope there isn't a second gathering storm about to break!" Pencil annotation at the upper left reads: "Mr. B [indecipherable} saw Mr. Kelly". The letter was acquired from an archive regarding Churchill’s publishing history with Cassell. Condition is near fine, clean with minor corner creases and centered vertical and horizontal folds consonant with original mailing. When Newman Flower of Cassell secured publication rights to Churchill’s war memoirs, it was "perhaps the greatest coup of twentieth century publishing." It fell to Newman’s son, Desmond John Newman Flower (1907-1997), to oversee the actual publication and manage an author of Churchill’s towering stature and exacting standards. "Almost the last thing that Flower did before joining the Army in 1940 was to prepare the first volume of Churchill’s wartime speeches." Desmond landed in Normandy and won the MC in Operation Bluecoat in August 1944, returning to Cassell in 1946 to begin a new battle - to rebuild the firm, which had lost both its offices and warehouse to bombing and now faced the crippling constraint of paper rationing. Churchill’s post-war literary output, particularly the six volumes of The Second World War, not only ensured his own financial security, but also proved the essential asset to Cassell’s postwar recovery. Churchill was an author that Cassell could neither control nor do without. Churchill had written to Flower personally on 14 July not only to personal supply Errata and Corrigenda, but also to specify where they would be placed in the published edition. Further errors were identified just before the final binding, resulting in an additional tipped-in slip. Among the embarrassing errors (if one regards French military prowess) was describing the French Army as the ‘poop’ rather than the ‘prop’ of France. Churchill wrote to Flower on 10 August "I was shocked at some of the mistakes". By November of 1949, Cassell had bowed to its author and published a second edition of Volume I incorporating corrections. Denis Kelly (1916-1990) served during the Second World War in the Indian Mountain Artillery in India and Burma (1941-45). After the war Kelly joined Churchill’s literary team, first as an archivist, then as a literary assistant on Churchill’s war memoirs. On 14 May 1947, Churchill met Kelly at Chartwell. Showing him a cellar "stacked from floor to ceiling" Churchill tasked Kelly thus: "Your task, my boy, is to make Cosmos out of Chaos." Kelly approached the task with not only diligence, but some reverence: "I realised that I was handling the personal papers of a man who had experienced and shaped the history of the world in the last fifty years " (Gilbert, Vol. VIII, p.331.) Kelly became a vital part of Churchill’s literary team for the rest of Churchill’s productive life as an author, not only assisting with The Second World War and A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, but also preparing the abridged, one-volume Memoirs of the Second World War (published 1959). Kelly’s papers, including correspondence with Sir Martin Gilbert, now reside in the Churchill Archives Centre at Churchill College, Cambridge.

Seller: Churchill Book Collector ABAA/ILAB/IOBA, San Diego, CA, U.S.A.

Winston S. Churchill. The Postwar Speeches, a full set of jacketed first editions: The Sinews of Peace, Europe Unite, In the Balance, Stemming the Tide, and The Unwritten Alliance. Cassell and Company Ltd., London, 1948.

Price: US$1550.00 + shipping

Condition: Near Fine

Description: Here is a superior, jacketed set of all five of Churchill's post-WWII speech volumes. These volumes span the period from Demobilization in late 1945, when Churchill was Leader of the Opposition, through his second Premiership (1951-1955) into a time when Churchill passes "into a living national memorial" of the time he has lived and the Nation, Empire, and free world he has served. The events encompassed by these years are in many ways no less dramatic than those of the war years - the unraveling of the British Empire, the post-war recovery, the onset of the Cold War, Soviet acquisition of the atomic bomb, development of the hydrogen bomb, and the beginning of the space age (to name a few). These postwar speech volumes are much more scarce than Churchill’s War Speeches volumes; all five of these books had only a single printing each. Moreover, collectors should note that the fifth and final volume, The Unwritten Alliance, is the last of Churchill's books published in his lifetime and was issued only in Britain, with no U.S. edition. All five volumes offered here are near-fine volumes in jackets that range from very good plus to near-fine. All five cloth bindings are clean and square with virtually no wear. The contents of all five volumes are uniformly clean and tight. We find no spotting in the set. The only previous ownership marks in the set are confined to The Sinews of Peace front pastedown - a pencilled date of "8/48" and a tiny Oxford bookshop sticker. The page edges show only mild soiling and age-toning. All five dust jackets are bright, clean, and highly complete with only trivial chipping to a few spine ends. All five dust jackets are unclipped, still bearing the original front flap prices. Please note that Stemming the Tide has the more desirable first state dust jacket. Stemming the Tide has a two inch closed tear and some wrinkling at the bottom of the front face, but no loss associated with this tear, which is unobtrusive beneath the dust jacket protector. This flaw aside, the five dust jackets show only minor wear at extremities and a few trivial imperfections in the black background color. Dust jackets for The Unwritten Alliance were notoriously poorly printed, and consequently are almost always rubbed or streaked, with orange showing through the black background. This example of The Unwritten Alliance has excellent spine presentation, with two vertical streaks of orange color confined the front face. We note almost invisible closed tears near the upper front hinges of Europe Unite and The Sinews of Peace, but these two jackets are nonetheless unusually clean and complete examples. In the Balance is likewise an unusually bright example. Assembling full, jacketed sets in such condition has become difficult. The dust jackets are protected in removable, archival quality clear covers. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A241.1, A246.1, A255.1, A264.1, A273; Woods/ICS A124(a), A128(a), A130(a), A137(a), A142; Langworth pages 184, 296, 301, 309, 338

Seller: Churchill Book Collector ABAA/ILAB/IOBA, San Diego, CA, U.S.A.

Winston S. Churchill. The Postwar Speeches, a full set of jacketed first editions: The Sinews of Peace, Europe Unite, In the Balance, Stemming the Tide, and The Unwritten Alliance. Cassell and Company Ltd., London, 1948.

Price: US$2000.00 + shipping

Description: This is a premium jacketed set of all five of Churchill's post-WWII speech volumes, quite challenging to assemble in such condition. These volumes span the period from Demobilization in late 1945, when Churchill was Leader of the Opposition, through his second Premiership (1951-1955) into a time when Churchill passes "into a living national memorial" of the time he has lived and the Nation, Empire, and free world he has served. The events encompassed by these years are in many ways no less dramatic than those of the war years - the unraveling of the British Empire, the post-war recovery, the onset of the Cold War, Soviet acquisition of the atomic bomb, development of the hydrogen bomb, and the beginning of the space age (to name a few). These postwar speech volumes are much scarcer than Churchill’s War Speeches volumes; all five of these books had only a single printing each. Moreover, not all of the fourth volume’s sheets were issued in a binding cloth and dust jacket matching the rest of the volumes; the later issue dust jacket is solid black with no matching oak leaf border at the top and bottom edges. Also of note, the fifth and final volume, The Unwritten Alliance, is the last of Churchill's books published in his lifetime and was issued only in Britain, with no U.S. edition. All five volumes in this set are in fine condition in near fine plus dust jackets. All five cloth bindings are clean and tight with sharp corners, bright spine gilt, unfaded spines, and virtually no wear. The contents of all five volumes are uniformly bright and unusually clean. We find no spotting and no previous ownership marks. Even the page edges are notably clean. All five dust jackets are complete, retaining the publisher’s original front flap prices and with no loss. Spine presentation is superlative. We note only trivial wear to extremities and a hint of soiling to a few of the white rear panels. Stemming the Tide is an exceptional example of the first issue dust jacket and binding. Dust jackets for The Unwritten Alliance were notoriously poorly printed, and consequently are almost always rubbed or streaked, with orange showing through the black background. This example of The Unwritten Alliance is quite elusive thus, with none of the endemic streaking and virtually no wear. All five dust jackets are fitted with removable, archival quality clear covers. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A241.1, A246.1, A255.1, A264.1, A273; Woods/ICS A124(a), A128(a), A130(a), A137(a), A142; Langworth pages 184, 296, 301, 309, 338

Seller: Churchill Book Collector ABAA/ILAB/IOBA, San Diego, CA, U.S.A.