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Winston S.Churchill. The Second World War:Volume I:The Gathering Storm. Cassell & Co Ltd, London, 1948.

Price: US$7.45 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: First Edition:First Printing:Book Condition:A Very Good copy, very gently bumped top and bottom of the spine, top of page edges a light maroon colour remainder gently toned/spotted, bottom two corners very gently rubbed/bumped, internally very clean and bright tight binding.

Seller: Bawnmore Fine and Rare Books, Rugby, United Kingdom

Churchill, Winston S.. The Second World War: Volume I, The Gathering Storm. Cassell, London, 1948.

Price: US$20.75 + shipping

Condition: Fair

Description: xv, 640 pages, appendices, maps, ex public library with usual signs, reading copy only poor physical condition.

Seller: Philip Emery, Bridlington, United Kingdom

Churchill, Winston S.. The Second World War, Volume I: The Gathering Storm. Cassell & Co. Ltd, London, Toronto, Melbourne, Sydney, 1948.

Price: US$25.00 + shipping

Description: Octavo; G/Fair; pp 640; sunned beige spine with navy text; odd volume; dust jacket has sun darkened exterior; some chips to edges; cloth shows slight sunfading to exterior; sturdy boards; slightly rubbed corners; text block has age toning to exterior edges; previous owner's name to ffep; patterned endpapers; illustrated. FP New Rockville Stock.

Seller: Second Story Books, ABAA, Rockville, MD, U.S.A.

Churchill, Winston S.. The Second World War, Volume I: The Gathering Storm. Cassell and Company, Ltd, London, 1948.

Price: US$25.00 + shipping

Description: 640, maps, appendices, errata, index, small stains to boards, slight darkening to text. This book starts with the interwar years (1919-1939), and goes through the twilight war (September 3, 1939-May 10, 1940).

Seller: Ground Zero Books, Ltd., Silver Spring, MD, U.S.A.

Churchill, Winston. The Second World War, 6 Vols.. Cassell & Co. Ltd. 1948-1954, London, 1948.

Price: US$48.00 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: 6 Vols. London: Cassell & Co. Ltd., (1948-1954).First Editions. 8vo. Maps, diagrams. Cloth bright, unworn. However, all but Vol. 5 have scattered ink marginalia and underlining, few paperclip marks. Jackets slightly frayed, short tears, spines slightly faded. Will require extra postage. ; Maps, diagrams; 8vo 8" - 9" tall

Seller: Dale A. Sorenson, Silver Spring, MD, U.S.A.

Churchill, Winston. THE SECOND WORLD WAR VOLUME I THE GATHERING STORM. Cassell & Co., London, 1948.

Price: US$50.00 + shipping

Description: Gilt lettered black cloth. Folding map. First UK edition, preceded by the US edition. Light foxing early and late and at edges, otherwise very good in spine sunned dust jacket with light edge wear and a small snag.

Seller: William Reese Company - Literature, ABAA, New Haven, CT, U.S.A.

Churchill, Winston S. The Second World War Volume I The Gathering Storm. Cassell, London, 1948.

Price: US$54.13 + shipping

Condition: Fine

Description: pp XV, 640. 1st printing. Internally fine. DJ spine creased. Shows slight use.

Seller: Strawberry Hill Books, Punnetts Town, United Kingdom

Churchill Winston S. The Second World War The Gathering Storm Volume 1. Cassell, London, 1948.

Price: US$58.50 + shipping

Condition: Fine

Description: First Australian Edition. Lightly Edge Worn Dj Not Price Clipped

Seller: Arete Books, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Churchill, Winston S.. THE SECOND WORLD WAR. The Gathering Storm; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring (4 of 6 vols., firsts). London: Cassell, 1948-52, 1948.

Price: US$60.00 + shipping

Description: Hard bound in black cloth, volumes 1, 3, 4, and 5 only (Pp640, Pp818, Pp917, Pp673 respectively) of 6-volume set. All four volumes are first editions with gilt-stamped titles to spines and top edges coloured dull red. Each volume separately indexed with appendices. Numerous fold-out maps. All four volumes tight and clean, except for volume 1 which has a whitish stain down the spine and lightly mottled lower front board. Corners to volume 1 are also bumped, else a very good partial set of first editions, without dust jackets. 3.45 kilograms unpacked -- extra shipping charges will be requested! All books in stock and available for immediate shipment from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Seller: Books on the Web, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Churchill, Winston S.. The Second World War : First Australian Edition. Volumes I, II, III, IV, V. (Vol. VI missing). Cassell & Co. Ltd, London, 1948.

Price: US$60.90 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: Almost complete set of 5 Volumes, Published between 1948-1952. All Vols are First Australian Editions. Capital A next to price on inner fold of jackets and First Australian Edition stated on Copyright pages. Vol 1 "The Gathering Storm" dated 194; Vol 2 "Their Finest Hour" 1949; Vol 3 "The Grand Alliance" 1950; Vol 4 " The Hinge of Fate", 1951; Vol 5 "Closing the Ring", 1952 ; (Vol 6 "Triumph & Tragedy" is missing). Illustrated with Maps including Fold-Outs. Black Cloth Covers with gilt lettering to spines. Endpapers Illustrated with "WSC" and British Lion Motifs. Hinges sound & text blocks firm. Pictorial Bookplates with Dogs pasted to endpaper on 2 Vols (no names). No inscriptions. Small specks of browning on top page edges and vol I has some on fore page edges. 4 Jackets have slightly tanned spines. Jackets have edge wear and vol. III has a small piece missing at top of spine (lettering intact). Jacke ts unclipped, price for Vols. I - III, 30s, Vols IV & V 35s. Heavy Set, weighs 4.8 Kilos so Postage outside UK will be extra. Please ask if you would like more pictures, information or a Shipping quote. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall

Seller: AESOP ATTIC, Penzance, United Kingdom

Churchill (Winston S.):. The Second World War : 6 Bände: The Gathering Storm ; The Finest Hour ; The Grand Alliance ; The Hinge of Fate ; Closing the Ring ; Triumph and Tragedy. London : Cassell,, 1948.

Price: US$61.40 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: 6 Bücher. Keine Schutzumschläge. Alle Bücher mit Stockflecken und Gebrauchsspuren A1Q8R378 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 5000

Seller: Colak.Schirah.Kunstantiquariat, Basel, BS, Switzerland

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.

Churchill, Winston S.. The Second World War 5 Volumes Together with a Rare Early Article from Winston's Journalism Days in The Harmsworth Magazine Finely Bound Volume 1 1898-99.. Harmsworth Magazine & Cassells the Set, London, 1948.

Price: US$73.08 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: Large Crown finely bound Harmsworth volume 1, attractive green cloth with gold & black blocking though spine a little bit rubbed, lacks ffep but a surprisingly fine copy for its age. 672 pp and many many illus. An astonishing variety of articles and stories incl. a very early article by Winston Churchill 'Man overboard! an episode in the Red Sea', illus by Henry Austin. Churchill who was of course a prolific writer all his adult life wrote very little in the way of fiction or short stories, but this is one such item. Book also includes Cricket, Football, ballooning, dogs, man of war, murders, railways, fire brigade, stories & much else. The Cassells 6 vol.set are vols 1-4 first edition in djs, vols 5-6, all in excellent but the rare item is the early Churchill story. Size: Large Crown All

Seller: Appleford Bookroom, Abingdon, OXON, United Kingdom

CHURCHILL Winston S.,. THE SECOND WORLD WAR (6 Vols). Comprising: The Gathering Storm, Their Finest Hour, The Grand Alliance, The Hinge of Fate, Closing the Ring and Triumph and Tragedy.. London Cassell & Co, 1948.

Price: US$74.43 + shipping

Description: Black cloth with gilt titles. In rather worn dustwrappers, all chipped and marked. Edges and some endpapers spotted, but otherwise a good set of the First Editions, published between 1948 and 1954. Separately paginated. With many folding maps.

Seller: Grove Rare Books ABA ILAB PBFA, Skipton, United Kingdom

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.

Churchill, Winston S.. The Second World War in Six Volumes. Cassell, London, 1948.

Price: US$100.00 + shipping

Condition: Good

Description: Complete in 6 volumes. Black cloth with gitl lettering. Volumes are Good to Very Good, with one volume having faded spots on boards, possibly from moisture; one has light water spots on top page edge which did not penetrate deep; some tape repairs to pages. 1948-1954.

Seller: Arizona Book Gallery, Phoenix, AZ, U.S.A.

CHURCHILL, Winston. THE SECOND WORLD WAR (6 Volume Set). Cassell and Company, London, Toronto, Melbourne, Sydney, Wellington, 1948.

Price: US$105.67 + shipping

Condition: Fair

Description: Volumes 1-5 are Australian first editions published in 1948, whereas volume 6 is a first edition with dust wrapper, published in 1954. Volume 1; The Gathering Storm and Volume 2; Their Finest Hour: Australian First editions without dust wrappers. Both have black boards with gilt lettering on the spine. Boards are well scuffed and thumbed. Head and tail of spine bumped along with front corners. Back boards bear some scratches. General discolouration and sunning all over, more so at the spine. Binding is tidy and neat. All pages have an even discolouration due to age, darker at the page edges and accompanied by the odd stain, otherwise these two volumes are in fair condition. Volume 3; The Grand Alliance: Australian First Edition with dust wrapper. Black boards with gilt lettering on the spine. Boards are well scuffed and thumbed. Head and tail of spine bumped along with front corners. General discolouration and fading all over. Binding is tidy and neat. All pages have an even discolouration due to age, darker at the page edges. Head edge bears some white staining, whilst light foxing falls on all edges, else this book is in fair condition. Dust wrapper has price intact. Well discoloured and thumbed. Edges bear some small tears and chips. Head and tail of spine bears some heavy wear and tear with small sections missing from head and tail. Else in fair condition. Volume 4; The Hinge of Fate and Volume 5; Closing the Ring: Australian First editions with dust wrappers. Black boards with gilt lettering on the spine. Boards are well scuffed and thumbed. Head and tail of spine bumped along with front corners. General discolouration and fading all over. Also some white discolouration towards the spine. Binding is tidy and neat. All pages have an even discolouration due to age, darker at the page edges. Head edge bears some darker staining, whilst light foxing falls on all edges, else this book is in fair condition. Dust wrapper has price intact. Well discoloured and thumbed. Edges bear some small tears and chips. Head and tail of spine bears some moderate wear and tear with small sections well rubbed and creased at head and tail. Spine bears a discolouration which may have been caused by water. Else in fair condition. Volume 6; Triumph and Tragedy: First edition with dust wrapper. Black boards with gilt lettering on the spine. Boards are well scuffed and thumbed. Head and tail of spine bumped along with front corners. General discolouration and whitening all over, more so at the spine. Binding is tidy and neat, yet a little loose because of split at the half-title page. All pages have an even discolouration due to age. Free endpapers are a little foxed. Page edges are well discoloured and accompanied by the odd stain, particularly at the head edge. Dust wrapper has price clipped, front and back. Well discoloured and thumbed. Edges bear some small tears and chips. Head and tail of spine bears some moderate wear and tear with small sections well rubbed and creased at head and tail. Spine bears a discolouration which may have been caused by water. Else in fair condition. **These books weighs over 1kg and will attract extra postage for some buyers, especially international orders. Please contact bookseller for postage quote.

Seller: Uncle Peter's Books, Clunes, NSW, Australia

Winston S. Churchill. The Second World War All 4 Volumes. Cassell & Company Ltd, London, 1948.

Price: US$108.26 + shipping

Condition: Good

Description: A collection of 4 volumes, the gathering storm, published in 1948, their finest hour (1949), the grand alliance (1950), the hinge of fate (1951), all with d/j in really good conditions throughout, not inscribed, sound and tight. Extra postage would apply, seeing they are heavy tomes! Can also be sold separately .

Seller: WEST WESSEX BOOKS, Taunton, United Kingdom

Churchill, Winston S.. The Second World War. Cassell & Co., Ltd 1948-1954, London, 1948.

Price: US$112.50 + shipping

Description: 4448 total, 6 vols., maps (some fold-out), appendices, indices, boards & spines somewhat scuffed, rear bd weak v.2 & v.6, slight foxing. Some soiling to fore-edges, bookplate inside v.1, rear flyleaf discolored v.1, newspaper article pasted inside rear board and flyleaf v.1.

Seller: Ground Zero Books, Ltd., Silver Spring, MD, U.S.A.

Churchill, Winston. The Second World War (6 vols.) (v. 1. The Gathering Storm.--v. 2. Their Finest Hour.--v. 3. The Grand Alliance.--v. 4. The Hinge of Fate.--v. 5. Closing the Fing.--v. 6. Triumph and Tragedy.. Cassell & Co. 1948-1954, London, 1948.

Price: US$125.00 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: First printing. Contains numerous maps (some color), facsimiles, tables, indexes, and diagrams. Some corners bumped, slight soiling to textblock fore-edges, not affecting text, one vol. cover has a small chip, lacking dustjackets. Still a very good, presentable copy.

Seller: Great Northern Books, Minneapolis, MN, U.S.A.

Churchill, Winston S.. The Second World War, 6 Vols. Cassell & Co 1948-54, London, 1948.

Price: US$125.00 + shipping

Description: Near Fine, no jackets; one hinge crack; 4 vols have name on endpaper.

Seller: T. A. Borden Books, Olney, MD, U.S.A.

Winston S.Churchill. The Second World War:Complete in 6 First Edition Volumes:. Cassell & Co Ltd, London, 1948.

Price: US$128.56 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: First Edition:First Printing:Book Condition:Volume I: The Gathering Storm:A Very Good copy, very gently bumped and rubbed top and bottom of the spine, top of page edges a light maroon colour remainder very gently toned, some very gentle toning to prelims, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Volume II:Their Finest Hour:A Very Good copy, very gently bumped and rubbed top and bottom of the spine, top of page edges a light maroon colour remainder very gently toned, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Volume III:The Grand Alliance:A Very Good copy, very gently bumped and rubbed top and bottom of the spine, top of page edges a light maroon colour, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Volume IV:The Hinge of Fate:A Very Good copy, very gently bumped and rubbed top and bottom of the spine, top of page edges a light maroon colour remainder very gently toned, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Volume V:Closing the Ring:A Very Good copy, very gently bumped and rubbed top and bottom of the spine, top of page edges a light maroon colour, very small bump front board, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Volume VI:Triumph and Tragedy:A Very Good copy, very gently bumped and rubbed top and bottom of the spine, top of page edges a light maroon colour remainder very gently toned, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Overall a Very Good 6 Volume First Edition book set.

Seller: Bawnmore Fine and Rare Books, Rugby, United Kingdom

Churchill, Winston S.. The Second World War (6 volumes). Cassell and Company, London, 1948.

Price: US$150.00 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: 6 volumes

Seller: M & M Books, ATHENS, GA, U.S.A.

Churchill, Winston S.. The Second World War 6 volumes. Cassell London 1948-54, 1948.

Price: US$177.00 + shipping

Description: 1st editions chipped dust jackets Very Good 8vo. c.4000pp., maps, appends., indexes, Dust jackets very chipped & worn; Volume 2 boards rather mottled o/w tight, clean complete set of British First editions inc. the sixth uncommon volume

Seller: Andrew Barnes Books / Military Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

CHURCHILL, Winston S.. The Second World War : Six (6) Volume Set.. London; Cassell; -54, 1948.

Price: US$189.46 + shipping

Description: 8vo. 6 volume hardback set. All are first editions, first printings. Many maps and diagrams, some folding. All top edges are pink (in various shades). Overall a near Fine set with no inscriptions or foxing, all in Very Good unclipped dustwrappers (with small chipped wear to the top of spines of some volumes).

Seller: M.D.Hawkes, Beaconsfield, United Kingdom

Winston S.Churchill. The Second World War:A Complete 6 Volume First Edition book set. Cassell & Co Ltd, London, 1948.

Price: US$196.22 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: First Edition:First Printing:Book Condition:Volume I:The Gathering Storm:A Very Good/Near Fine copy, very gently bumped top and bottom of the spine, top of page edges a light maroon colour remainder very gently toned, previous owners name on FFEP, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Dustjacket Condition:Very Good, very gently rubbed and chipped top and bottom of the spine with some very small loss, corners very gently rubbed, spine very gently toned, retains original publishers price.Volume II:Their Finest Hour:A Very Good/Near Fine copy, very gently bumped top and bottom of the spine, top of page edges a light maroon colour remainder very gently toned, previous owners name on FFEP, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Dustjacket Condition:Very Good, very gently rubbed and chipped top and bottom of the spine with some very small loss, corners gently rubbed, spine very gently toned, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Volume III:The Grand Alliance:A Near Fine copy, very gently bumped top and bottom of the spine, top of page edges alight maroon colour, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Dustjacket Condition:Very Good, very gently rubbed and chipped top and bottom of the spine, corners very gently rubbed, spine very gently toned, retains original publishers price.Volume IV:The Hinge of Fate:A Near Fine copy, very gently bumped top and bottom of the spine, top of page edges a light maroon colour remainder very gently toned, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Dustjacket Condition:Very Good, very gently rubbed and chipped top and bottom of the spine, corners very gently rubbed, spine very gently toned, retains original publishers price.Volune V:Closing the Ring:A Very Good copy, very gently bumped top and bottom of the spine, top of page edges a light maroon colour, rear top corner very gently bumped, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Dustjacket Condition:Very Good, very gently rubbed and chipped top and bottom of the spine, corners very gently rubbed, spine very gently toned, retains original publishers price.Volun VI:Triumph and Tragedy:A Very Good/Near Fine copy, very gently bumped top and bottom of the spine, top of page edges a light maroon colour, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Dustjacket Condition:Very Good, very gently bumped and rubbed top and bottom of the spine, corners very gently rubbed, spine very gently toned, retains original publishers price.Overall a Very Good/Naer Fine 6 Volume First Edition Book set.

Seller: Bawnmore Fine and Rare Books, Rugby, United Kingdom

Churchill, Winston S.. The Second World War 6 volumes. Cassell London 1948-54, 1948.

Price: US$198.00 + shipping

Description: 1st editions dust jackets Nice set 8vo. c.4000pp., maps, appends., indexes, Volumes 1 & 2 lacking dust jackets, couple of neat ownership signatures o/w very nice complete set of British First editions excluding the uncommon volume sixth volume which is a 2nd impression

Seller: Andrew Barnes Books / Military Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Churchill,Winston S.. The Second World War volumes 1-5. Cassell & Co Ltd, London, 1948.

Price: US$206.50 + shipping

Description: London: Cassell & Co Ltd. Very Good condition, Vol IV lacks dj,some soil and trs ow Good. 1948. 1st Edition. Very Good condition, Vol IV lacks dj,some soil and trs ow Good

Seller: Abracadabra Books 30% Off!, Denver, CO, U.S.A.

Winston S.Churchill. The Second World War:Complete in 6 First Edition Volumes. Cassell & Co Ltd, London, 1948.

Price: US$223.29 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: First Edition:First Printing:Book Condition:Volume I:The Gathering Storm:A Very Good/Near Fine copy, very gently bumped top and bottom of the spine, top of page edges a light maroon colour remainder very gently toned, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Dustjacket Condition:Very Good, very gently rubbed and chipped top and bottom of the spine, corners very gently rubbed, spine very gently toned, retains original publishers price.Volume II:Their Finest Hour:A Very Good/Near Fine copy, very gently bumped top and bottom of the spine, top of page edges a light maroon colour remainder very gently toned, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Dustjacket Condition:Very Good, very gently bumped and rubbed top and bottom of the spine, corners very gently rubbed, spinevery gently toned, retains original publishers price.Volume III:The Grand Alliance:A Very Good copy, very gently bumped top and bottom of the spine, top of page edges a light maroon colour remainder very gently toned, top two corners very gently bumped, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Dustjacket Condition:very Good, very gently bumped and rubbed top and bottom of the spine, corners very gently rubbed, spine very gently toned, retains original publishers price.Volume IV:The Hinge of Fate:A Very Good/Near Fine copy, very gently bumped top and bottom of the spine, top of page edges a light maroon colour remainder very gently toned, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Dustjacket Condition:Very Good, very gently rubbed and chipped top and bottom of the spine, corners very gently rubbed, spine very gently toned, retains original publishers price.Volume V:Closing the Ring:A Very Good copy, very gently bumped top and bottom of the spine, top of page edges a light maroon colour remainder very gently toned, top rear corner very gently bumped, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Dustjacket Condition:Very Good, very gently bumped and rubbed top and bottom of the spine, corners very gently rubbed, spine very gently toned, retains original publishers price.Volume VI:Triumph and Tragedy:A Very Good/Near Fine copy, very gently bumped top and bottom of the spine, top of page edges a light maroon colour remainder very gently toned, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Dustjacket Condition:Very Good, very gently bumped and rubbed top and bottom of the spine, corners very gently rubbed, spine very gently toned, retains original publishers price.Overall a Very Good 6 Volume First Edition book set.

Seller: Bawnmore Fine and Rare Books, Rugby, United Kingdom

CHURCHILL, WINSTON S. The Second World War. [Volumes I-V] / Winston S. Churchill. London : Cassell, 1948.

Price: US$230.68 + shipping

Description: Good copies only in the original gilt-blocked cloth. Spine bands worn and panel edges somewhat rubbed and dust-toned as with age. Text remains in fine condition. Physical description; 5 vols. plates ill., facsims., maps, (some col.) ; 22cm. Notes; Includes index. Vol. I - The gathering storm. Vol. II - Their finest hour. Vol.III - The grand alliance. Vol. IV - The hinge of fate. Vol. V - Closing the ring. Subjects; World War, 1939-1945 — Causes. World War, 1939-1945 — Diplomatic history. Europe — History — 1918-1945.

Seller: MW Books Ltd., Galway, Ireland

CHURCHILL, WINSTON S. The Second World War. [Volumes I-V] / Winston S. Churchill. London : Cassell, 1948.

Price: US$238.00 + shipping

Description: Good copies only in the original gilt-blocked cloth. Spine bands worn and panel edges somewhat rubbed and dust-toned as with age. Text remains in fine condition. Physical description; 5 vols. plates ill., facsims., maps, (some col.) ; 22cm. Notes; Includes index. Vol. I - The gathering storm. Vol. II - Their finest hour. Vol.III - The grand alliance. Vol. IV - The hinge of fate. Vol. V - Closing the ring. Subjects; World War, 1939-1945 — Causes. World War, 1939-1945 — Diplomatic history. Europe — History — 1918-1945. 4 Kg.

Seller: MW Books Ltd, New York, NY, U.S.A.

CHURCHILL, WINSTON S. The Second World War. [Volumes I-IV] / Winston S. Churchill. London : Cassell, 1948.

Price: US$238.00 + shipping

Description: Very good cloth copies in a near-fine, very slightly edge-nicked and dust-dulled dust-wrapper, now mylar-sleeved. Remains particularly and surprisingly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong. Physical description; 5 vols. plates ill., facsims., maps, (some col.) ; 22cm. Notes; Includes index. Vol. I - The gathering storm. Vol. II - Their finest hour. Vol.III - The grand alliance. Vol. IV - The hinge of fate. Subjects; World War, 1939-1945 — Causes. World War, 1939-1945 — Diplomatic history. Europe — History — 1918-1945. 4 Kg.

Seller: MW Books Ltd, New York, NY, U.S.A.

CHURCHILL, WINSTON S. The Second World War. First edition in six volumes. The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; & Triumph and Tragedy.. London: Cassell, 1948.

Price: US$243.59 + shipping

Description: Six volumes. First editions, first impressions, published 1948-1954. 8vo (8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches), original black cloth lettered in gilt, top edge red. An extremely nice set in good dust jackets. Volumes 2 & 4 with fraying to the headbands, a few short edge nicks. Some foxing to the edge of the text block of volume 1. The red lettering on the backstrips of the dust jackets faded away. The cloth bindings in excellent condition, the gilt lettering being very bright. With, loosely inserted, a publication notice regarding volume 4. Weight over 5kg thus extra overseas postage will be requested.

Seller: Bristow & Garland, Shaftesbury, United Kingdom

Winston S. Churchill. The Second World War In Six Volumes Complete. Cassell & Co. Ltd, London, 1948.

Price: US$250.35 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: First edition hardback clothbound with gilt tooled title to spine. Original dust jacket, unclipped. Patterned endpapers. Diagrams throughout. A little shelf wear to cover and toning to spine of jacket. Red volume titles to spine has faded as is common with these books. Spotting to jacket flyleaf, preliminary pages and page edges. Otherwise clean, bright copy. Overall very good condition. Volume I The Gathering Storm 640 pp. Volume II Their Finest Hour 684 pp. Volume III The Grand Alliance 818 pp. Volume IV The Hinge of Fate 917 pp. Volume V Closing the Ring 673 pp. Volume VI Triumph and Tragedy 716 pp. One of Churchill's most famous works, contributing to his being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953 'for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values'.

Seller: St Marys Books And Prints Wisden Dealers, Stamford, United Kingdom

Churchill, Winston S.. The Second World War in Six Volumes Vol 1 the Gathering Storm ; Vol 2 Their Finest Hour ; Vol 3 the Grand Alliance ; Vol 4 the Hinge of Fate ; Vol 5 Closing the Ring ; Vol 6 Triumph and Tragedy. London Cassell 1948-1954, 1948.

Price: US$266.00 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: 1st edition. xv,640;xviii,684;xviii,818;xviii,917;xviii,673; xv,640;xvii,684;xviii,818;xviii,917;xviii,673;xviii,716 pp pp. Black cloth withn gilt title on spines and Very good dust jackets, with Vol 1 having a piece 1"x 1" missing lower spine and vo'ls 2,3,4 and 5 having chips top and bottom of spines. Octavo. Vols 2,3,4 and 6 have previous owner's book plate front end paper. A very good set. Winston Churchill's momentous history of World War Two where he served as Prime Minister and Minister of Defence.

Seller: Aquila Books(Cameron Treleaven) ABAC, Calgary, AB, Canada

Churchill, Winston S.:. The Second World War: 6 Volume Set. London: Cassell & Co Ltd, 1948.

Price: US$297.72 + shipping

Description: Complete set of 6 matching 1st edition HB volumes in publisher black cloth boards with gilt title to spines, patterned endpapers, no inscriptions & unclipped dj's. Published between 1948 and 1954, this attractive set is in very good overall condition with each volume sized: 15 x 22cm. Vol. I. has bit of loss & repair to head of spine, Vols. II. & III. have tiny amount of scuffing to spine heads. All other volumes are VG with just very minor repairs/nicks. Top edges are various shades of red. **Heavy set - please contact bookseller for P&P costs**

Seller: Berwyn Books, Buckley, United Kingdom

Winston S. Churchill. THE SECOND WORLD WAR: Complete Set of Six Volumes: The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy (Vols I to V are first impressions; Vol VI is the second impression). Cassell, London, 1948.

Price: US$304.48 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: Volumes 1 to 5: first impressions of the true first editions. Volume 6 is the second edition (second impression) published in September 1954. (The first impression was published in April 1954). ***Volume I: The Gathering Storm. Published 1948. Very good in black cloth-covered boards with gilt titles to spine. Complete with tipped-in errata slip to rear. Small loss to head of spine. Edges of boards slightly rubbed and creased. Tiny loss to corners. Sporadic foxing to prelims and fore-edge of text-block. No inscriptions. In a very good colour-illustrated dustwrapper that has not been price-clipped, showing original publisher's price of 25s net. Small chips and tears to head of spine of dustwrapper. Tiny loss and creasing to tail of spine of dustwrapper. Small surface splash marks to spine of dustwrapper. ***Volume II: Their Finest Hour. Published 1949. Very good in black cloth-covered boards with gilt titles to spine. Tiny contemporaneous 'Helas of Reading' green booksellers stamp to bottom of front pastedown. A few very unobtrusive fox-spots to fore-edge of text-block. Interior pages clean. No inscriptions. In a very good dustwrapper that has not been price-clipped, showing original publisher's price of 25 s net. Edges of dustwrapper slightly creased and rubbed. Tiny tears and rubbing to corners of dustwrapper. Small chips and rubbing and creasing to head and tail of spine of dustwrapper. ***Volume III: The Grand Alliance. Published in 1950. Very good in black cloth-covered boards with gilt titles to spine. In a very good dustwrapper showing original publisher's price of 25 s net. Tiny nick to head of spine of dustwrapper. Head and tail of spine of dustwrapper slightly creased and rubbed. ***Volume IV: The Hinge of Fate. Published in 1950. Very good in black cloth-covered boards with gilt titles to spine. In a near fine dustwrapper with publisher's price of 25s net. ***Volume V. Closing The Ring. Published in 1952. Near fine in black cloth-covered boards with gilt titles to spine. In a very good dustwrapper with publisher's price of 30s net. Tiny rubbing to corners of dustwrapper and head and tail of spine of dustwrapper. ***Volume VI: Triumph and Tragedy. Second edition (second impression) of the true first edition. Published in September 1954 (first impression published in April 1954). Very good in black cloth-covered boards with gilt titles to spine. In a near fine dustwrapper with original publisher's price of 30s net. ***A complete set of all six volumes in their original matching black cloth gilt title boards with maroon top edges of text-blocks, all in their original matching original dustwrappers. The red titles slightly faded to volumes I, II, III. Maroon top edge of text-blocks of first two volumes faded. All maps present. The first five volumes are all first impressions of the true first edition. The final sixth volume is the second edition (second impression of the true first edition) coming out in September 1954, (five months after the first impression). 222mm x 148mm. ***'What a theme for a painter in words! What breathless history! It is an incomparable privilege to see the war as Mr. Churchill, directing our herculean effort, saw it then and as he sees it now. Through chapter after chapter one never loses the realisation that here is one of the lasting works of English literature, one of the enduring memorials of our time, one of the noblest tributes to the endurance and resourcefulness of the British people. These memoirs are the master-work of a master-mind. Distinction shines on every page. ' [Yorkshire Post - review quote from inside rear jacket flap of the final volume VI]. A complete set of the six volumes - becoming harder to find now complete in their original dustwrappers in collectable condition. ***Winston S. Churchill received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953. ***For all our books, postage is charged at cost, allowing for packaging.***

Seller: Orlando Booksellers, Lincoln, United Kingdom

Churchill, Winston S.. The Second World War: The Gathering Storm; Thieir Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy (Six Volumes). Cassell & Company LTD, London, 1948.

Price: US$325.00 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: The six volumes were each published separately (1948-1954). Very good+ hardcover with original cloth bindings of Vol. I, II, and V very lightly dampstained and some occasionaly light foxing to the edges. There is a small bookseller's sticker on rear pastedown of Vol. I and owner signature on front flyleaf of Vol. III. Original unclipped dust jackets are still bright with only minor wear to the extremities, otherwise very good+.

Seller: Kealey's Korner, Sunnyvale, CA, U.S.A.

CHURCHILL, Winston. THE SECOND WORLD WAR (SIX VOLUME SET) The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy. London : Cassell -54, 1948.

Price: US$338.31 + shipping

Description: All First Editions in the unclipped dust-jackets. Original black hard cloth lettered in silver. Four of the six volumes have chips and creasing to heads of the spines on the jackets. A VG+ set of this major work on the second World War. NB: AS THIS IS A HEAVY SET AN EXTRA SHIPPING CHARGE WILL APPLY

Seller: Worlds End Bookshop (ABA, PBFA, ILAB), LONDON, United Kingdom

Churchill, Winston S. The Second World War Six Volume Set. Cassell, London, 1948.

Price: US$400.00 + shipping

Description: All jackets have mildly faded spines and volume 6 has a chip on the spine and a few marks on the front, volume 1 has some very light foxing in front Size: Six Volume Set

Seller: Robert S. Brooks, Bookseller, Bristol, WI, U.S.A.

Winston S.Churchill. The Second World War:A Complete First Edition Set in 6 Volumes.. Cassell & Co Ltd, London, 1948.

Price: US$439.81 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: First Edition:First Printing:Volume I The Gathering Storm:A Near Fine copy, top of page edges a deep maroon colour, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Dustjacket Condition:Very Good, very gently bumped and rubbed top and bottom of the spine, corners very gently rubbed, spine very gently toned, retains original publishers price.Volume II Their Finest Hour:A Very Good/Near Fine copy, very gently bumped top and bottom of the spine, top of page edges a deep maroon colour remainder very gently toned, previous owners small inscription on the half title page, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Dustjacket Condition:Very Good, very gently bumped and rubbed top and bottom of the spine, corners very gently rubbed, spine very gently toned, retains original publishers price.Volume III The Grand Alliance:A Near Fine copy, very gently bumped top and bottom of the spine, top of page edges a deep maroon colour, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Dustjacket Condition:Very Good, very gently bumped and rubbed top and bottom of the spine, corners very gently rubbed, spine very gently toned, retains original publishers price.Volume IV The Hinge of Fate:A Near Fine copy, very gently bumped top and bottom of the spine, top of page edges a deep maroon colour, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Dustjacket Condition: Very Good, very gently bumped top and bottom of the spine, corners very gently rubbed, spine very gently toned, retains original publishers price.Volume V Closing the Ring:A Very Good/Near Fine copy, very gently bumped top and bottom of the spine, bottom front corner very gently bumped, top of page edges a deep maroon colour, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Dustjacket Condition:Very Good, very gently bumped top and bottom of the spine, corners very gently rubbed, spine very gently toned, retains original publishers price.Volume VI Triumph and Tragedy:A Near Fine copy, very gently bumped top and bottom of the spine, top of page edges a deep maroon colour, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Dustjacket Condition:Very Good/Near Fine, very gently bumped top and bottom of the spine, corners very gently rubbed, retains original publishers price.Overall A Very Good/Near Fine 6 Volume First Edition Book set.A very nice set.

Seller: Bawnmore Fine and Rare Books, Rugby, United Kingdom

Churchill, Winston S.. The Secong World War: 5 Vols. First Editions with Vol.6 One Month Later Thus Technically Second Edition. Cassell, London, 1948.

Price: US$487.17 + shipping

Description: 5 vols, 1-4 first editions, 5th a month later second edition, excellent condition, vg djs but occasional slight fraying, clean internally. Size: 8vo

Seller: Appleford Bookroom, Abingdon, OXON, United Kingdom

Winston S. Churchill. The Second World War In 6 Volumes. London: Cassell & Co. Ltd, 1948.

Price: US$543.84 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: First Editions, First Printings c.1948-1951. Bound in full black cloth with gilt lettering to spines under well preserved dust jackets. Octavo. Illustrated throughout with maps, diagrams, and fold outs. In very good to excellent condition. Some age toning to the dust jacket spines and some to the top page edges. Minor chipping to the edges of the dust jackets. Light creasing to the first few pages to volume IV only. Small previous owner's name to the corner of a plain page before the half title page. Otherwise, a superb set. Binding are strong and square and contents are clean. Price to the jackets are all unclipped. Books come in protective mylar covers for preservation. A very attractive first edition set of one of the Churchill's foundational works.

Seller: Justin Daniel Books, Toronto, ON, Canada

Churchill Winston S.. The Second World War, Six Volumes. Cassell and Co., London, 1948.

Price: US$546.79 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: Cassell and Co., London, 1948-1954. 6 volumes all first editions with dust jackets with minor tears. First English edition. The Cassell series first editions are better than the American/Canadian editions as they contain Churchill's final revisions. I. The Gathering Storm; II. Their Finest Hour; III. The Grand Alliance; IV. The Hinge of Fate; V. Closing the Ring; VI. Triumph and Tragedy. With maps (some folding, some in colour) diagrams, facsimiles. Black boards and decorative endpapers. Previous owner's name in volume V (first page). All books measure 14.5 x 21.5 cm, and collectively 27 cms across. Shipping weight 5.500 kgs. More images can be provided.

Seller: finestfinds.ch, Geneva, Switzerland

Churchill, Winston S.. The Second World War. Vol. I: The Gathering Storm; Vol. II: Their Finest Hour; Vol. III: The Grand Alliance; Vol. IV: The Hinge of Fate. V: Closing the Ring; Vol. VI: Triumph and Tragedy. Cassell & Co., Ltd, London, 1948.

Price: US$750.00 + shipping

Description: First English edition. 6 vols. 8vo. Historian John Charmley's copy. This copy from the library of John Charmley, author of Churchill: The End of Glory (1993), a controversial reassessment of WSC's legacy. With numerous slips of paper with Charmley's penciled notes marking pages, and numerous passages marked in pencil throughout. Woods A123(b). Provenance: John Charmley (ownership signature dated "Oxford 1977" in each volume, holograph notes) Original black cloth, dust jackets. Very good in good jackets reinforced with tape

Seller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Churchill, Winston, Sir (1874-1965). The Second World War / Winston S. Churchill [complete in 6 volumes]. London : Cassell (1948-1954), 1948.

Price: US$794.56 + shipping

Description: Near fine cloth copies in very good if somewhat edge-nicked and dust-dulled dust wrappers. Lacking dust wrapper for volume 5. Edge tear with minor loss to the dust wrapper of vol. 2. Internally, bright and clean with just some light marginal foxing scattered through prelim. pages, mainly to vol. 1. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong. Provenance: From the library of Raymond W. Smith, with an inscription on the half title page of vol. 1. Further scans, images etc. and additional bibliographical material available on request.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 0 pages; Physical desc.: 6 v. : illus. ; 22 cm. Contents: v. 1. The gathering storm. -- v. 2. Their finest hour. -- v. 3. The Grand Alliance. -- v. 4. The hinge of fate. -- v. 5. Closing the ring. -- v. 6. Triumph and tragedy. Summary: Winston Churchill's six-volume history of the cataclysm that swept the world remains the definitive history of the Second World War. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable both for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction and is an enduring, compelling work that led to his being awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1953. Subjects: World War, 1939-1945 - Great Britain. World War, 1939-1945 - Diplomatic history. World War, 1939-1945 - Causes.

Seller: MW Books Ltd., Galway, Ireland

Churchill, Winston. The Second World War (6 vols) (1st Ed). Cassell & Co, London, 1948.

Price: US$795.00 + shipping

Condition: Near Fine

Description: 1948-54. 6 volumes, octavo.All first printings. Original black cloth, titles gilt to spines, top edge red, grey endpapers decorated with a design that alternates a lion rampant with the initials WSC. Maps and diagrams, some folding/color. Contents: v. 1. The Gathering Storm. -- v. 2. Their Finest Hour. -- v. 3. The Grand Alliance. -- v. 4. The Hinge of Fate. -- v. 5. Closing the Ring. -- v. 6. Triumph and Tragedy. Summary: Winston Churchill's six-volume history of the cataclysm that swept the world remains the definitive history of the Second World War. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable both for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction and is an enduring, compelling work that led to his being awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1953. All 1st printings. Light chipping to djs. Small tape repair to Vol 1 dj. Text clean no marks. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall

Seller: DBookmahn's Used and Rare Military Books, Burke, VA, U.S.A.

Churchill, Winston, Sir (1874-1965). The Second World War / Winston S. Churchill [complete in 6 volumes]. London : Cassell (1948-1954), 1948.

Price: US$799.00 + shipping

Description: Near fine cloth copies in very good if somewhat edge-nicked and dust-dulled dust wrappers. Lacking dust wrapper for volume 5. Edge tear with minor loss to the dust wrapper of vol. 2. Internally, bright and clean with just some light marginal foxing scattered through prelim. pages, mainly to vol. 1. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong. Provenance: From the library of Raymond W. Smith, with an inscription on the half title page of vol. 1. Further scans, images etc. and additional bibliographical material available on request.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 0 pages; Physical desc.: 6 v. : illus. ; 22 cm. Contents: v. 1. The gathering storm. -- v. 2. Their finest hour. -- v. 3. The Grand Alliance. -- v. 4. The hinge of fate. -- v. 5. Closing the ring. -- v. 6. Triumph and tragedy. Summary: Winston Churchill's six-volume history of the cataclysm that swept the world remains the definitive history of the Second World War. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable both for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction and is an enduring, compelling work that led to his being awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1953. Subjects: World War, 1939-1945 - Great Britain. World War, 1939-1945 - Diplomatic history. World War, 1939-1945 - Causes. 5 Kg.

Seller: MW Books Ltd, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Churchill, Winston, Sir (1874-1965). The Second World War / Winston S. Churchill [complete in 6 volumes]. London : Cassell (1948-1954), 1948.

Price: US$917.58 + shipping

Description: Near fine cloth copies in good if somewhat edge-nicked and dust-dulled dust wrappers, now mylar-sleeved. Some minor surface marks evident to cloth of vols. 2-6. Light spots of foxing to prelims of vols. 1 & 2. Remains particularly and surprisingly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Physical desc.: 6 v. : illus. ; 22 cm. Contents: v. 1. The gathering storm. -- v. 2. Their finest hour. -- v. 3. The Grand Alliance. -- v. 4. The hinge of fate. -- v. 5. Closing the ring. -- v. 6. Triumph and tragedy. Subjects: World War, 1939-1945 - Great Britain. World War, 1939-1945 - Diplomatic history. World War, 1939-1945 - Causes. Errata and corrigenda slip tipped in at p.610, vol. 1. Summary: Winston Churchill's six-volume history of the cataclysm that swept the world remains the definitive history of the Second World War. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable both for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction and is an enduring, compelling work that led to his being awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1953.

Seller: MW Books Ltd., Galway, Ireland

Churchill, Winston, Sir (1874-1965). The Second World War / Winston S. Churchill [complete in 6 volumes]. London : Cassell (1948-1954), 1948.

Price: US$921.40 + shipping

Description: Near fine cloth copies in good if somewhat edge-nicked and dust-dulled dust wrappers, now mylar-sleeved. Some minor surface marks evident to cloth of vols. 2-6. Light spots of foxing to prelims of vols. 1 & 2. Remains particularly and surprisingly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Physical desc.: 6 v. : illus. ; 22 cm. Contents: v. 1. The gathering storm. -- v. 2. Their finest hour. -- v. 3. The Grand Alliance. -- v. 4. The hinge of fate. -- v. 5. Closing the ring. -- v. 6. Triumph and tragedy. Subjects: World War, 1939-1945 - Great Britain. World War, 1939-1945 - Diplomatic history. World War, 1939-1945 - Causes. Errata and corrigenda slip tipped in at p.610, vol. 1. Summary: Winston Churchill's six-volume history of the cataclysm that swept the world remains the definitive history of the Second World War. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable both for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction and is an enduring, compelling work that led to his being awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1953. 5 Kg.

Seller: MW Books Ltd, New York, NY, U.S.A.

CHURCHILL Winston S.. The Second World War: The Gathering Storm; The Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy. 1948-1954., 1948.

Price: US$923.60 + shipping

Description: Numerous maps and diagrams, some folding and others full-page, throughout all volumes. First editions, first printings. Six volumes. 8vo., original black cloth, spines lettered in gilt, top edges in red, dust jackets. London, Cassell & Co. Ltd. One of the supreme historical achievements of the 20th century, commonly cited as a major factor in Churchill being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. As Max Beloff observed, there was no statesman of the twentieth century ?whose retrospective accounts of the great events in which he has taken part have so dominated subsequent historical thinking? Vol. 1 with the 'Author's Note' tipped-in to p. ix and the 'Errata and Corrigenda' tipped-in at p. 610. Jackets slightly edge worn, with small closed tear to head of Vol. 2 spine panel, some minor spotting to fore edges of Vols. 1 & 2, otherwise an excellent set. Cohen A240.4(I-VI).a

Seller: Maggs Bros. Ltd ABA, ILAB, PBFA, BA, London, United Kingdom

Churchill, Winston S.. The Second World War: The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy - in presentation boxes. London Cassell 1948-54, 1948.

Price: US$1014.94 + shipping

Description: A set of first edition, first printings published by Cassell between 1948-1954. All are in near fine condition in near fine (or better) dust wrappers. None are price clipped. Light creasing to the spine of volume three. Light nicking to the tops of Volume 1, 2, 3 and 4. "It was wholly appropriate that in 1953 Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature" (Keegan). Named by Modern Library as one of the 100 best non-fiction books of the twentieth century. It placed number one on the 100 best non-fiction books of the twentieth century by National Review magazine. Presented in two custom-made boxes

Seller: John Atkinson Books ABA ILAB PBFA, Harrogate, United Kingdom

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$1150.00 + 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 Second World War, full set of six British first editions. Cassell and Company, Ltd., London, 1948.

Price: US$1200.00 + shipping

Description: This is a full, jacketed set of British first editions of The Second World War, Churchill's history of the epic 20th Century struggle that was so indelibly stamped by his leadership. This is a superior set. Jacketed British first edition sets in marginal condition are not uncommon. However, the coarse cloth bindings of this edition proved susceptible to soiling and mildew, the contents (printed on post-war "Economy Standards" paper) proved highly prone to spotting, the red-stained top edges are most often severely faded, and the dust jackets proved exceptionally vulnerable to pronounced spine toning. This set suffers few of the typical deficiencies, comprised of near fine or better first edition, first printing volumes in dust jackets ranging from from very good plus to fine. We find it increasingly difficult to offer sets thus. The black cloth bindings are uniformly square, clean, and tight with bright spine gilt. We note only a few gently bumped corners. The contents are nearly as good as we ever see – bright and clean with no previous ownership marks and only a few, trivial instances of spotting confined to the otherwise clean fore edges. The red-stained top edges retain strong color across the set, with just a touch of sunning to the earlier volumes. The jackets are entirely complete, with no loss or tears. All six jackets are unclipped, retaining their original front flap prices. Typical spine toning is quite mild, appreciably affecting only the red subtitles, which remain legible on all six dust jacket spines, even when faded. Of note, the red subtitle on the first volume, "The Gathering Storm", is remarkably bright and unfaded. The dust jackets are protected beneath removable, clear, archival covers. Seldom, if ever, has history endowed a statesman with both singular ability to make history, and singular ability to write it. As with so much of what Churchill wrote, The Second World War is not "history" in the strictly academic, objectivist sense, but rather Churchill's perspective on history. In his March 1948 introduction to the first volume, Churchill himself made the disclaimer, "I do not describe it as history. it is a contribution to history." Nonetheless the compelling fact remains, as stated by Churchill himself, "I am perhaps the only man who has passed through both the two supreme cataclysms of recorded history in high Cabinet office. I was for more than five years in this second struggle with Germany the Head of His Majesty's government. I write, therefore, from a different standpoint and with more authority than was possible in my earlier books." Certainly The Second World War may be regarded as an intensely personal and inherently biased history. Nonetheless, Churchill's work remains essential, iconic, and a vital part of the historical record. Richard Langworth calls the six-volume epic "indispensable reading for anyone who seeks a true understanding of the war that made us what we are today." Please note that this set may require additional postage depending on destination. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A240.4(I-VI).a, Woods/ICS A123(ba), Langworth p.264.

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 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.

Churchill, Winston S.. The Second World War. Cassell and Co., London, 1948.

Price: US$1600.00 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: Copyright dates age 1948-1954, first trade edition, Churchill's complete six volume classic history on WWII, including: The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; and Triumph and Tragedy. Volume I with author's paper slip note tipped-in after his preface. 6 volumes. Some illustrated with plates of facsimiles and maps (many of which are folding); charts and tables. 8vo. Black cloth, spines lettered in gilt, jackets. First Trade Editions. Jackets, some of which price-clipped, lightly worn, sunning with a few chips and closed tears; Volume IV with cracked hinges, some foxing to edges on a few volumes, otherwise lightly worn; very good in like jackets.

Seller: mclinhavenbooks [IOBA], Elton, WI, U.S.A.

CHURCHILL, Winston S.. The Second World War. [The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy.]. London: Cassell & Co. Ltd, 1948-54, 1948.

Price: US$1691.57 + shipping

Description: 6 volumes, octavo (209 x 132 mm). Recent dark blue half morocco, spines gilt lettered direct and with rampant lion motif in compartments, matching cloth sides, top edges gilt. Shallow abrasions to top edges, pale splash marks to a few sides, light stains to fore-edge of three volumes. A very good set, handsomely bound. Maps and diagrams, some folding. First UK editions, first impressions, of Churchill's masterpiece, publication of which was preceded slightly by the US edition. Churchill's account was the single most important historical interpretation of the Second World War, and a major factor in Churchill being awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953. As Max Beloff observed, there was no statesman of the 20th century "whose retrospective accounts of the great events in which he has taken part have so dominated subsequent historical thinking" (cited by David Reynolds in In Command of History: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War, Penguin Books, 2005, p. 526). Cohen A240.4 (I-VI).a.

Seller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB., London, United Kingdom

Churchill, Winston S.. The Second World War (Six Volumes, Complete). Cassell & Co. Ltd 1948-1954, London, 1948.

Price: US$1800.00 + shipping

Condition: Fine

Description: All six first editions in original dust jackets. Publisher's full black cloth, gilt lettering on spines, printed endpapers, t.e.g. (red). Illustrated with numerous maps and diagrams, many fold-out. The set is comprised of: Vol. 1 - The Gathering Storm (1948); Vol. 2 - Their Finest Hour (1949); Vol. 3 - The Grand Alliance (1950); Vol. 4 - The Hinge of Fate (1951); Vol. 5 - Closing the Ring (1952); and Vol. 6 - Triumph and Tragedy (1954). "In order to write The Second World War Churchill assembled a team of researchers under the leadership of his pre-war assistant, the Oxford historian William Deakin. Churchill and his team enjoyed the full co-operation of the cabinet secretary, Norman Brook, who gave them almost unlimited access to wartime files. In return Churchill submitted drafts of the book to be vetted by Whitehall, thus turning it into a semi-official history. His method was to have all the relevant documents set up in galley proof so that he could then insert linking passages or narratives of events. The tone and structure of the final text were unmistakably Churchillian, and so too were his personal recollections. Appearing in six volumes between 1948 and 1954, The Second World War was published in hardback in fifteen countries and translated into eleven languages. It was not history, Churchill insisted, but a contribution to history. Nevertheless he imprinted his version of events on the minds of a generation" (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography). [Cohen A240.4(I-VI).a][Woods/ICS A123(ba)][Langworth p.264]. Volume IV, only, has a former owner's name and date on the first preliminary page ("J. W. Stanley / 30th Aug. 1951"). All of the other volumes are unmarked. All of the volumes are unread, tight, square, and clean. All of the dust jackets are in perfect condition, are unclipped, and in Mylar. This set is remarkably clean and bright, with no defects other than the one signature, and some occasional, very light, fore-edge foxing. A large, heavy set (approximately 14 pounds) - additional shipping charges may apply. FINE/FINE. . Maps and Diagrams. 8vo 8" - 9" tall

Seller: Round Table Books, LLC, Glenview, IL, U.S.A.

CHURCHILL, [Sir] Winston Spencer (1874-1965). The Second World War. London: Cassell and Co., 1948-54, 1948.

Price: US$1962.22 + shipping

Description: [Military History] SMARTLY BOUND FIRST EDITIONS. Six volumes. Octavo (22 x 15 x 27cm), pp.xv; 640; pp.xvii; 684; pp.x; 818; pp.xviii; 917; pp.xviii; 673; pp.xviii; 716. With numerous maps and plans, some folding. Attractively bound in navy half morocco with matching cloth over boards, red title labels, raised bands and gilt decoration to spines. Top edges gilt. Occasional light spotting. Very good in a handsome recent leather binding. 'This is not history; this is my case.' The author's most famous work continuing on from his earlier history of the First World War, 'The World Crisis'. The two together form, in Churchill's opinion, a comprehensive history of a second Thirty Years War. WOODS, Frederick, 'A Bibliography of the Works of Sir Winston Churchill', A123(b). Langworth 264. See also Cohen.

Seller: Adrian Harrington Ltd, PBFA, ABA, ILAB, Royal Tunbridge Wells, KENT, United Kingdom

CHURCHILL, [Sir] Winston Spencer (1874-1965). The Second World War. London: Cassell and Co., 1948-54, 1948.

Price: US$1962.22 + shipping

Description: [Military History] SMARTLY BOUND FIRST EDITIONS. Six volumes. Octavo (22 x 15 x 27cm), pp.xv; 640; pp.xvii; 684; pp.x; 818; pp.xviii; 917; pp.xviii; 673; pp.xviii; 716. With numerous maps and plans, some folding. Attractively bound in burgundy half morocco with matching cloth over boards, blue title labels, raised bands and gilt decoration to spines. Top edges gilt. Some light spotting to volumes I and IV. Very good in a handsome recent leather binding. 'This is not history; this is my case.' The author's most famous work continuing on from his earlier history of the First World War, 'The World Crisis'. The two together form, in Churchill's opinion, a comprehensive history of a second Thirty Years War. WOODS, Frederick, 'A Bibliography of the Works of Sir Winston Churchill', A123(b). Langworth 264. See also Cohen.

Seller: Adrian Harrington Ltd, PBFA, ABA, ILAB, Royal Tunbridge Wells, KENT, United Kingdom

CHURCHILL, [Sir] Winston Spencer (1874-1965). The Second World War. London: Cassell and Co., 1948-54, 1948.

Price: US$1962.22 + shipping

Description: [Military History] SMARTLY BOUND FIRST EDITIONS. Six volumes. Octavo (22 x 15 x 27cm), pp.xv; 640; pp.xvii; 684; pp.x; 818; pp.xviii; 917; pp.xviii; 673; pp.xviii; 716. With numerous maps and plans, some folding. Recently bound in navy half calf with matching cloth over boards, red title labels, raised bands and gilt decoration to spines. Top edges gilt. A clean fine set. 'This is not history; this is my case.' The author's most famous work continuing on from his earlier history of the First World War, 'The World Crisis'. The two together form, in Churchill's opinion, a comprehensive history of a second Thirty Years War. WOODS, Frederick, 'A Bibliography of the Works of Sir Winston Churchill', A123(b). Langworth 264. See also Cohen.

Seller: Adrian Harrington Ltd, PBFA, ABA, ILAB, Royal Tunbridge Wells, KENT, United Kingdom

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.

Churchill, Winston S. The Second World War: The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy.. Cassell & Co 1948-54, London, 1948.

Price: US$2200.00 + shipping

Description: First editions of Winston Churchill's masterpiece. Octavo, six volumes. Bound in three-quarters green morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red morocco spine label, with the rampant lion in gilt on the spines, top edge gilt, maps present. In fine condition. "Winston Churchill himself affirmed that ‘this is not history: this is my case" (Holmes, 285). Churchill was re-elected to the post of Prime Minister in 1951. "The Second World War is a great work of literature, combining narrative, historical imagination and moral precept in a form that bears comparison with that of the original master chronicler, Thucydides. It was wholly appropriate that in 1953 Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature" (Keegan). Named by Modern Library as one of the 100 best non-fiction books of the twentieth century. It placed number one on the 100 best non-fiction books of the twentieth century by National Review magazine.

Seller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB, Palm Beach, FL, U.S.A.

CHURCHILL. WINSTON. S.. THE SECOND WORLD WAR.. Cassell & Co. ltd. London. 1948-54, 1948.

Price: US$2368.19 + shipping

Condition: Near Fine

Description: FIRST EDITION. Six 8vo volumes. Illustrated throughout with maps and plans, many folding. Some minor spotting to the first 3 pages of the first volume otherwise a fine, clean set, finely bound in recent full red morocco leather, spines with raised bands, gilt. Spine compartments ruled, lettered and decorated with gilt stamped rampant lion device. Single gilt ruled border on boards. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. A fine set of Churchill's monumental history.

Seller: Paul Foster. - ABA & PBFA Member., London, United Kingdom

CHURCHILL, WINSTON. The Second World War. Cassell & Co., Ltd, London, 1948.

Price: US$2500.00 + shipping

Condition: Fine

Description: FIRST ENGLISH EDITIONS (the preferred editions) in original dust jackets of Churchill's masterpiece. A BEAUTIFUL, FINE SET. "In order to write The Second World War Churchill assembled a team of researchers under the leadership of his pre-war assistant, the Oxford historian William Deakin. Churchill and his team enjoyed the full co-operation of the cabinet secretary, Norman Brook, who gave them almost unlimited access to wartime files. In return Churchill submitted drafts of the book to be vetted by Whitehall, thus turning it into a semi-official history. His method was to have all the relevant documents set up in galley proof so that he could then insert linking passages or narratives of events. The tone and structure of the final text were unmistakably Churchillian, and so too were his personal recollections. Appearing in six volumes between 1948 and 1954, The Second World War was published in hardback in fifteen countries and translated into eleven languages. It was not history, Churchill insisted, but a contribution to history. Nevertheless he imprinted his version of events on the minds of a generation" (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography). Comprising: The Gathering Storm (Vol 1); Their Finest Hour (Vol 2); The Grand Alliance (Vol 3); The Hinge of Fate (Vol 4); Closing the Ring (Vol 5); Triumph and Tragedy (Vol 6). London: Cassell & Co., Ltd., (1948-54). Octavo, original cloth, original dust jackets. Six volumes. Neat owner signature (dated 1948) on front free endpaper of volume I. Only trivial flaws to books, with red top stain particularly rich and unfaded. Dust jackets with tiny chip on volume IV, otherwise nearly perfect. Overall, the jackets are in remarkably good condition with all text and color sharp, crisp, and unfaded (very unusual with this set). An extraordinary set, one of the nicest we've seen; extremely rare in such fine condition. Original cloth, original dust jacket

Seller: Manhattan Rare Book Company, ABAA, ILAB, New York, NY, U.S.A.

CHURCHILL, Winston. The Second World War. Cassell, London, 1948.

Price: US$3000.00 + shipping

Description: 6 octavo volumes. Maps diagrams and tables throughout. Attractively rebound in tan calf; gilt-decorated spines with burgundy labels (light wear at spine ends and previous owner's name in second volume). London: Cassell & Co., 1948-1954. First editions. A very good(+) set. Volume I: The Gathering Storm. Volume II: Their Finest Hour. Volume III: The Grand Alliance. Volume IV: The Hinge of Fate. Volume V: Closing the Ring. Volume VI: Triumph and Tragedy.

Seller: Argosy Book Store, ABAA, ILAB, New York, NY, U.S.A.

CHURCHILL, Winston. The Second World War. Cassell, London, 1948.

Price: US$3500.00 + shipping

Condition: Fine

Description: Maps diagrams and tables throughout. 6 volumes. 8vo, re-bound in 3/4 red leather over marbled boards. London: Cassell & Co., 1948-1954. First editions. Fine. Volume I: The Gathering Storm. Volume II: Their Finest Hour. Volume III: The Grand Alliance. Volume IV: The Hinge of Fate. Volume V: Closing the Ring. Volume VI: Triumph and Tragedy.

Seller: Argosy Book Store, ABAA, ILAB, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Churchill, Winston S.. THE SECOND WORLD WAR ( Complete 6 Volume Set ) Vol. 1 SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL. Cassell & Co. Ltd., London, 1948.

Price: US$4357.47 + shipping

Condition: Good

Description: Complete Set of 6 Volumes in unclipped Dustjackets. Vol I "The Gathering Storm" is FLAT SIGNED by SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL, and Dated 1948, on the Half Title Page, with no other inscriptions. Vol. I The Gathering Storm, 640 Pages. Dated 1948; Vol. II, Their Finest hour, 684 Pages. Dated 1949; Vol. III, The Grand Alliance, 818 Pages. Dated 1950. Vol. IV, The Hinge of Fate, 917 Pages. Dated 1951. Vol. V, Closing the Ring, 673 Pages. Dated 1952. Vol. VI, Triumph and Tragedy, 716 Pages. Dated 1954. Some Vols. illustrated with Fold-Out Maps. Jacket Price on Vols I - IV is 25s and Vols V & VI, 30s. All in Black cloth covers with Gilt Lettering on spine. Design of Lion Couchant and WSC Monogram on Grey Endpapers. Books are 8 1/2" Tall. Set of 6 Books weighs 5.3 Kilos. Vol. III has a gift inscription, dated 1950 on back of ffep. Some fading to cloth ( see photos ). Hinges sound and Text blocks firm. No inscriptions in text. A few specks of browning on page edges of some vols. Jacket spines tanned. Some edge wear, chipping and small tears. Little bits missing from spine ends of most vols. (see photos). All unclipped. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall

Seller: AESOP ATTIC, Penzance, United Kingdom

CHURCHILL, Winston. The Second World War. Cassell, London, 1948.

Price: US$4500.00 + shipping

Condition: Near Fine

Description: 6 octavo volumes. Maps diagrams and tables throughout. handsomely rebound by Henry Sotheran in 3/4 burgundy morocco, black spine labels and gilt-decorated spines; some abrasions on raised spine bands. London: Cassell & Co., 1948-1954. First editions. A near fine set. Volume I: The Gathering Storm. Volume II: Their Finest Hour. Volume III: The Grand Alliance. Volume IV: The Hinge of Fate. Volume V: Closing the Ring. Volume VI: Triumph and Tragedy.

Seller: Argosy Book Store, ABAA, ILAB, New York, NY, U.S.A.

CHURCHILL, Sir Winston Spencer. The Second World War. Cassell and Company Limited, London, 1948.

Price: US$4500.00 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: London: Cassell and Company Limited, 1948. Leatherbound. Six volumes. First Edition. Octavo. The Second World War. Illustrated maps and diagram. Titles include The Gathering Storm, Their Finest Hour, The Grand Alliance, The Hinge of Fate.

Seller: Imperial Fine Books ABAA, ILAB, New York, NY, U.S.A.

CHURCHILL, Winston S.. The Second World War. [The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy.]. London: Cassell & Co. Ltd, 1948-54, 1948.

Price: US$4736.38 + shipping

Description: 6 volumes, octavo (204 x 133 mm). Recent red crushed morocco by Bayntun-Riviere, spines lettered in gilt with gilt lion motifs to compartments, facsimile signature in gilt to front covers, gilt ruled turn-ins, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. A fine set. Maps and diagrams, some folding. First UK editions, first impressions, of Churchill's masterpiece, in a very handsome binding. Churchill's account was the single most important historical interpretation of the Second World War, and a major factor in Churchill being awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953. As Max Beloff observed, there was no statesman of the 20th century "whose retrospective accounts of the great events in which he has taken part have so dominated subsequent historical thinking". The publication date of the UK edition was slightly preceded by the US edition. Cohen A240.4 (I-VI).a.

Seller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB., London, United Kingdom

Winston S.Churchill. The Second World War:A Complete 6 Volume First Edition Set Signed and Dated 1948 by Winston Churchiil in Volume I The Gathering Storm. Cassell & Co Ltd, London, 1948.

Price: US$5040.86 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: First Edition:First Printing:Book Condition:Volume I The Gathering Storm:A Very Good copy, very gently bumped top and bottom of the spine, bottom two corners very gently bumped, top of page edges a light maroon colour, signed by Churchill "With all good wishes from Winston S.Churchill 1948" to a tipped in paper attached to the FFEP, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Dustjacket Condition:Very Good, very gently rubbed and chipped top and bottom of the spine with some very small loss, corners gently rubbed, spine very gently toned, retains original publishers price.Volume II Their Finest Hour:A Near Fine copy, top of page edges a light maroon colour, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Dustjacket Condition:Very Good, very gently rubbed and chipped top and bottom of the spine, corners very gently rubbed, spine very gently toned, very small chip bottom edge rear panel, retains original publishers price.Volume III The Grand Alliance:A Very Good copy, very gently bumped top and bottom of the spine, top front and rear corners very gently bumped, top of page edges a light maroon colour, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Dustjacket Condition:Very Good, very gently bumped and rubbed top and bottom of the spine, corners very gently rubbed, spine very gently toned, retains original publishers price.Volume IV The Hinge of Fate:A Very Good/Near Fine copy, very gently bumped top of the spine, top of page edges a light maroon colour, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Dustjacket Condition:Very Good, very gently bumped and rubbed top and bottom of the spine, corners very gently rubbed, spine very gently toned, retains original publishers price.Volume V Closing the Ring:A Very Good/Near Fine copy, very gently bumped top and bottom of the spine, top rear corner very gently bumped, top of page edges a deep maroon colour, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Dustjacket Condition:Very Good, very gently rubbed and chipped top and bottom of the spine, corners very gently rubbed, spine very gently toned, retains original publishers price.Volume VI Triumph and Tragedy:A Near Fine copy, very gently bumped top and bottom of the spine, top of page edges a deep maroon colour, internally very clean and bright, tight binding.Dustjacket Condition:Very Good/Near Fine, very gently bumped and rubbed top and bottom of the spine, corners very gently rubbed, spine very gently toned, retains original publishers price.Overall a Very Good/Near Fine 6 Volume First Edition set Signed and dated 1948 by Winston S.Churchill.

Seller: Bawnmore Fine and Rare Books, Rugby, United Kingdom

Churchill Winston. SECOND WORLD WAR. London Cassell and Co 1948-54, 1948.

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Description: 6 volumes. All six volumes are first edition, first impressions. A profusion of maps and diagrams in all volumes. 8vo, superbly and handsomely bound for Asprey of London in full red crushed morocco, the boards framed in gilt, the spines with gilt framed compartments between gilt stippled raised bands, three compartments gilt lettered, additional gilt numbering at a the tail, edges gilt ruled, gilt ruled turn-ins, marbled endleaves and a.e.g. xv, 527; xvii, 556; xviii, 629; xviii, 743; x, 558; xviii, 584; plus extensive appendices and index in each volume. A beautifully preserved set with all six volumes being first edition, first issue, the bindings all pristine and especially handsome. A SUPERIOR SET, VERY HANDSOMELY BOUND, OF THIS NOBEL PRIZE WINNING FIRST EDITION. Upon hearing that President Roosevelt sought suggestions about what the war should be called Churchill replied, "The Unnecessary War." According to Churchill, "There never was a war more easy to stop than that which has just wrecked what was left of the world from the previous struggle." Churchill’s heartfelt opinion is reflected in the theme of the first volume, "How the English-speaking peoples through their unwisdom, carelessness and good nature allowed the wicked to rearm." Sir Winston Churchill ranks among the greatest men of history. He was born in 1874, a descendent of the great Duke of Marlborough. After an education at Harrow and Sandhurst he entered the army in 1895 and embarked on one of the most varied and distinguished careers of the century. He acted as a correspondent for the Morning Post during the Boer War and his dramatic escape from prison in Pretoria brought him to public attention. He embarked on his political career in 1900 by entering Parliament. While there he held many major offices of state: Home Secretary, Secretary of State for War, First Lord of the Admiralty in which he oversaw naval operations for the First World War, Colonial Secretary, Chancellor of the Exchequer and eventually in 1940, Prime Minister. The latter office he would hold throughout World War Two and again from 1951 to 1955. It is unquestionably his office of Prime Minister during the Second World War for which he is best remembered. His powerful leadership and inspiring oratory held his nation and the free world together throughout the horrors of that conflict. He was a prolific writer, as this 6 volume set will attest, and in 1953 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in spite of the fact that the work was not yet published in full. In that same year he was distinguished further by being made Knight of the Garter by Queen Elizabeth II. These volumes were written and published over the course of seven years. Always submerged in multiple projects, he also finished his ‘History of the English Speaking Peoples’ and perfected his style of painting and wrote ‘Painting as a Pastime’ during this same time period. His death in 1965 sent the whole world into mourning and his funeral was one of the most moving public events of the century.

Seller: Buddenbrooks, Inc., Newburyport, MA, U.S.A.

Winston S. CHURCHILL. The Second World War. The Gathering Storm [1948] Their Finest Hour [1949] The Grand Alliance [1950] The Hinge of Fate [1951] Closing the Ring [1952] Triumph and Tragedy [1954] Together With A Signed Copy of Volume I The Gathering Storm 1949 A New Edition With Photographs of The Signing [Daily Mail]. London: Cassell & Co. Ltd., 1948.

Price: US$6495.61 + shipping

Condition: Good

Description: London: Cassell & Co. Ltd., 1948 - 1954. First Edition. CHURCHILL, Winston. Signed Copy (New Edition 1949) of the First Volume with photographs and a copy written statement from the previous owner. Housed in a clamshell box. The Second World War, First Editions of: Vol I The Gathering Storm, 1948, xv, 527; Vol II Their Finest Hour, 1949, xvii, 556; Vol III The Grand Alliance, 1950, xviii, 629; Vol IV The Hinge of Fate, 1951, xviii, 743; Vol V Closing the Ring, 1952, x, 558; Vol VI Triumph and Tragedy, 1954, xviii, 584. Plus an additional signed copy of Volume I with a copy statement from the previous owner and 2 photographs of the signing and the event. Housed in a clam shell box. This copy a new edition in its original dust jacket, split to the spine joint and slightly creased (the jacket) otherwise clean and tidy. London: Cassell, (1948-54). Six volumes. Octavo, modern half blue morocco gilt, raised bands, spine compartments gilt-stamped with Churchill lion emblems, gilt titles to red labels, top page edges gilt, others trimmed. First English editions of Churchill s WWII masterpiece, part history and part memoir, written after he lost re-election as Prime Minister, handsomely bound. The six volumes were published separately between 1948 and 1954. With the Second World War, Churchill "pulled himself back from humiliating defeat in 1945, using all his skills as a writer and politician to make his fortune, secure his reputation, and win a second term in Downing Street" (Reynolds, xxiii). "Winston himself affirmed that 'this is not history: this is my case" (Holmes, 285). Churchill was re-elected to the post of Prime Minister in 1951. "The Second World War is a great work of literature, combining narrative, historical imagination and moral precept in a form that bears comparison with that of the original master chronicler, Thucydides. It was wholly appropriate that in 1953 Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature" (Keegan, 175). Although preceded by the American editions, the English editions are generally preferred for their profusion of diagrams, maps, and facsimile documents. Approximately 8 ½ inches tall (six volumes) and 11 ¼ inches tall (clamshell box). Condition Report Externally Spine very good condition fine leather binding, dust jacket in fair condition to the signed volume being split in two parts to the spine joint. Joints very good condition. Corners very good condition. Boards very good condition cloth. Page edges very good condition foxing to the page edges, top edge gilt. See above and photos. Internally Hinges very good condition. Front paste down very good condition new. Front free end paper very good condition. Title very good condition. Pages very good condition minor foxing and marks. Binding structurally solid and strong, fine leather binding. See photos Publisher: see above. Publication Date: 1948-1954. Binding: Hardback

Seller: Louis88Books, Andover, United Kingdom

Winston Churchill. The Second World War.1948 - 1954 - In Six Volumes - VOLUME SIX SIGNED AND DATED BY THE AUTHOR. Cassell & Co, London, 1948.

Price: US$7781.20 + shipping

Condition: Near Fine

Description: HARDBACKS - A near fine set of titles in their original dust wrappers. The boards of all six books are clean and unfaded. The inner pages are free of any foxing. There is a very small name to the ffep of volumes one, two and three, the other three titles are free of any owner names or Inscriptions Volume six has been signed and dated by the author to the ffep. The books are all very tightly bound with no spine lean. The dust wrappers are in near fine condition, with just a touch of fading to the spines of each title. The is no price clipping to any of the titles, with just the odd small closed tear, but both the books and dust wrappers are very nice indeed. Volume six comes with the scarce wrap around band.

Seller: West Hull Rare Books - P.B.F.A., Hull, United Kingdom

Winston S. Churchill. The Second World War, with Churchill's Volume I inscription in the year of publication to the Rector of St. Margaret's, Westminster, "the parish church of the House of Commons". Cassell and Company, Ltd., London, 1948.

Price: US$15000.00 + shipping

Description: This full set of jacketed British first editions of The Second World War features a Volume I inscription in the year of publication to the Rector of St. Margaret's, Westminster, "the parish church of the House of Commons." The five-line half-title inscription reads: "Inscribed for | Canon Charles Smyth | by | Winston S. Churchill | 1948". Canon Charles Smyth (1903-1987) was a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, a distinguished Church historian, and Anglican priest. Brilliant, at Cambridge Smyth took a double first in the history tripos and won the Thirwall Medal and the Gladstone Prize, also securing (on the same day as R.A. Butler), a fellowship at his college. Smyth was just 23 when his first book was published, and was ordained in 1929. In 1946, Smyth was in his early forties when the Crown appointed him Rector of St. Margaret's, Westminster. Next to Westminster Abbey and opposite the Houses of Parliament, St. Margaret's has been known as the "parish church of the House of Commons." Churchill married at St. Margaret's in 1908, and, on VE day in 1945, he led members of the House of Commons in procession to St. Margaret's for a thanksgiving service. In 1947, with Smyth as Rector, Churchill's youngest daughter, Mary, married Christopher Soames at St. Margaret's. The following year Smyth received this inscribed copy of The Gathering Storm. Smyth's decade-long rectory coincided with Churchill's years as Leader of the Opposition and his second and final premiership. Though a "somewhat prickly nature stood in the way of his preferment to senior posts" at St. Margaret's, Smyth "proved to be a parish priest of the highest calibre, and in the immediate post-war era large congregations gathered at St. Margaret's on Sunday mornings to hear his erudite sermons which were expressed with great clarity and fine use of the English language." (Daily Telegraph obituary) After resigning from his rectory, Smyth returned to academic endeavors. The Second World War is Churchill's own history of the epic 20th century struggle so indelibly stamped by his leadership. The six volumes of the British first edition were published between 1948 and 1954. Jacketed British first edition sets in marginal condition are not uncommon. However, the coarse cloth bindings of this edition proved susceptible to soiling and mildew, the contents (printed on post-war "Economy Standards" paper) proved prone to spotting, the red-stained top edges are often severely faded, and the dust jackets are vulnerable to pronounced spine toning. Consequently, superior jacketed sets have become scarce, collector-worthy sets in original bindings with noteworthy inscriptions particularly so. This set is noteworthy for both the inscription and condition. The inscribed Volume I is near fine in a near fine dust jacket; the binding is perfect except for a tiny corner bump, the contents are bright with no ownership marks other than the author's inscription. Modest spotting is confined to the page edges and the top edge shows some uniform sunning. The dust jacket is bright and unclipped, with no losses or tears. The balance of the set is at least near fine in near fine dust jackets. The black cloth bindings are square, clean, and tight with bright spine gilt and virtually no wear. The contents are clean with no previous ownership marks, dark red topstain, and trivial spotting confined to the page edges. The dust jackets are complete, unclipped with no losses, and free of the usual spine toning, with bright red spine subtitles. We note only light wear at a few spine ends and a small, red ink mark just above the author's name on the Volume III jacket spine. All six dust jackets are protected with removable, archival quality clear covers. The set is housed in two red cloth slipcases, each of which accommodates three volumes. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A240.4(I-VI).a, Woods/ICS A123(ba), Langworth p.264.

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