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Winston S. Churchill. The Second World War: Volume V - Closing the Ring. Cassell & Co Ltd., London 1952-01-01, 1952.

Price: US$4.31 + shipping

Condition: Poor

Description: No jacket. The spine is loose from the textblock, fragile binding. The content is a little rippled/tanned. Foxed marks aswell. A decent enough reference copy.

Seller: Hay-on-Wye Booksellers, Hay-on-Wye, HEREF, United Kingdom

Winston S. Churchill. The Second World War: Volume V - Closing the Ring. Cassell & Co Ltd., London 1952-01-01, 1952.

Price: US$4.84 + shipping

Condition: Poor

Description: No jacket. The spine of the cover is slightly loose from the textblock. A little faded to its edges. The content is a little tanned/foxed. Remains fine to read/reference throughout.

Seller: Hay-on-Wye Booksellers, Hay-on-Wye, HEREF, United Kingdom

Winston S. Churchill. The Second World War - Volume One [1] - The Gathering Storm. The Reprint Society; Cassell, London, 1952.

Price: US$6.82 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: Cream hard boardscover. Pp xviii, 638. A square, tight, clean copy with only minor cover blemishes; all contents clean and bright with no previous names, markings etc and the book appears little read; original plastic dust jacket has small losses but is about 80% present. Images/further information available upon request. Size: 8vo

Seller: Wensumbooks, Norwich, United Kingdom

Winston S. Churchill. The Second World War: Vol V. Cassell & Co Ltd., London, 1952.

Price: US$8.25 + shipping

Description: 1952. 673 pages. No dust jacket. Rebound blue cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine. Pages and binding are presentable with no major defects. Minor issues present such as mild cracking, inscriptions, inserts, light foxing, tanning and thumb marking. Overall a good condition item. Boards have mild shelf wear with light rubbing and corner bumping. Some light marking and sunning. Light staining to spine.

Seller: World of Rare Books, Goring-by-Sea, WTSX, United Kingdom

Winston S. Churchill. The Second World War: Volume V Closing the Ring. Cassell & Co Ltd., London, 1952.

Price: US$8.39 + shipping

Description: 1952. 673 pages. Grey dust jacket over black cloth boards. Contains fold out maps. Volume V Closing the Ring. Firm binding to clean, lightly tanned pages with bright copy throughout. Minor foxing to endpapers and page edges. Light wear and bleach spotting to slightly bowed boards with minor stain spot to front. Slight forward lean. Light rub wear to edges and bumped corners. Usual shelf wear and markings to dust jacket with tanning to spine and edges. Jacket in removable plastic sleeve.

Seller: World of Rare Books, Goring-by-Sea, WTSX, United Kingdom

Winston S. Churchill. The Second World War: Volume V Closing the Ring. Cassell & Co Ltd., London, 1952.

Price: US$10.49 + shipping

Description: 1952. 673 pages. Grey dust jacket over black cloth boards. Contains line drawn maps. Volume V Closing the Ring. Pages and binding are presentable with no major defects. Minor issues present such as mild cracking, inscriptions, inserts, light foxing, tanning and thumb marking. Overall a good condition item. Boards have mild shelf wear with light rubbing and corner bumping. Some light marking and sunning. Moderate rub wear and markings to jacket with moderate tanning. Minor foxing and stains. Creasing and tears to edges with small missing pieces.

Seller: World of Rare Books, Goring-by-Sea, WTSX, United Kingdom

Winston S. Churchill. The Second World War - Volume 2 Their Finest Hour. Cassell & Company Ltd, London, 1952.

Price: US$10.49 + shipping

Condition: Good

Description: 673pp,black cloth cover a little spotted, a lovely clean copy inside, not inscribed, good throughout.

Seller: WEST WESSEX BOOKS, Taunton, United Kingdom

Winston S. Churchill. The Second World War: Volume V - Closing the Ring. Cassell & Co Ltd., London, 1952.

Price: US$11.18 + shipping

Description: First ed. 672 pages. Last page of index has bottom half missing. Text complete though. 1st class post to the UK, Airmail worldwide. Robust packaging.

Seller: M Godding Books Ltd, Devizes, WILTS, United Kingdom

winston s churchill. the second world war volume 5 closing the ring. cassell, LONDON United Kingdom, 1952.

Price: US$13.05 + shipping

Condition: Fair

Description: reasonable condition , might contain some or all of the blemishes/stains/dirt that you associate with age in books-intact name on first page

Seller: pristina, Isle of Man, United Kingdom

Churchill, Winston, S.. THE SECOND WORLD WAR Volume V (Five; 5) Closing the Ring. Cassell, London, 1952.

Price: US$13.11 + shipping

Condition: Near Fine

Description: First edition first printing. Large octavo hardback black cloth gilt xviiii + 673 pp. Illustrated with maps and diagrams. Near Fine condition in Very Good unclipped dust jacket (slightly chipped at edges).No inscriptions. Some other volumes in the set are available in similar condition

Seller: Alexander's Books, Royal Leamington Spa, United Kingdom

Winston S. Churchill. The Second World War: Volume V - Closing the Ring. Cassell And Co. Ltd, London, 1952.

Price: US$13.11 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: First edition, first printing. In very good black cloth boards, gilt titles to spine; tightly bound, fairly clean covers. Illustrated mauve and white end papers, with lion symbol and Churchill's initials, clean. Top edge mauve; other edges lightly tanned and foxed. Text block very good, tight and unmarked. With maps and diagrams. In good dust jacket in same design as end papers; fairly clean, with chipped and slightly torn edges. Not price clipped. The other fiver volumes available from same seller.

Seller: Clevedon Community Bookshop Co-operative, Clevedon, United Kingdom

Churchill, Winston,. The Second World War, Volume IV, The Hinge of Fate, [The theme of this volume is how the power of the Grand Alliance became preponderant: Book I The Onslaught of Japan, Book II Africa Redeemed],. Cassell & Co., London, 1952,, 1952.

Price: US$15.73 + shipping

Description: first edition, thick 8vo (spine 67mm wide), 37 diagrams and maps (some large folding, some with a particular feature printed red, two facsimile letters, cut fore-edge spotted, only very occasionally encroaching on the very edge of a margin, original cloth, title gilt on spine, dw rubbed all edges and ragged top and bottom of spine, the book irself vg.

Seller: Crouch Rare Books, Godalming, United Kingdom

Churchill, Winston S.. The Second World War. Volume V. Closing The Ring.. Cassell & Co Ltd., London., 1952.

Price: US$19.67 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: xviii, 673pp, maps, owner's name. DW has some wear at the head of the spine. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall

Seller: N. G. Lawrie Books, sheffield, United Kingdom

Churchill Winston S. (Compiled By Charles Eade). The War Speeches of the Rt. Hon. Winston S. Churchill Volume Two. Cassell, London, 1952.

Price: US$19.67 + shipping

Description: Hardback. A near very good copy in black cloth lettered in gilt. One corner bumped and smallish indentation to top edge of upper board. In a rather poor dustwrapper missing the top inch or so of the upper panel and with a number of tears. Gift inscription on front end-paper. Pp.xv,560. This volume contains speeches given from June 25, 1941 to September 6, 1943.

Seller: Blacket Books, PBFA, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Churchill, Winston S. The Second World War Volume II Their Finest Hour. Cassell & Co Ltd, London, 1952.

Price: US$19.67 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: Page edges are a bit grubby from previous owner otherwise in very good condition. Buy with confidence, support a genuine Independent Bricks & Mortar Real Bookshop and help keep the High Street an interesting place to shop. We are Maynard & Bradley CAMBO & PBFA (now lapsed) members here in Leicester City Centre. Size: 155 x 220 mm. 673 pages. Item Type: Book. Dust Jacket worn at edges, small chips and tears, and is foxed here and there. Edges slightly foxed. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: History; Britain/UK; 1950s; Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 17066.

Seller: Maynard & Bradley, Leicester, United Kingdom

Churchill, Winston S.. Closing the Ring, Volume V [Five] of the Second World War. Cassell & Company, Ltd., London, 1952.

Price: US$20.00 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 673 pages; HC in original black cloth with title lettering brightly in gilt to spine. Soundly bound and clean with just trivial bumping to top corners; just a little shaken in the spine. London, 1st edition. Lacking dust jacket, else VG

Seller: DogStar Books, Lancaster, PA, U.S.A.

Churchill Winston S. The Second World War, Volume V, Closing the Ring. London, Toronto: Cassell, 1952.

Price: US$20.00 + shipping

Condition: Good

Description: 673 pp, includes folding maps

Seller: Sam's Place Books, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Churchill, Winston S.. The Second World War: Volume V Closing The Ring. Cassell & Company Ltd, London, 1952.

Price: US$23.91 + shipping

Condition: Good

Description: Cassell, London. 1952. First Edition. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good+. Very minor foxing to prelims Light shelf wear. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Price clipped. Very minor bumping and chipping to jacket. Fading to spine.

Seller: The Book Room NZ , Tararua, New Zealand

Smuts, J. C. (Jan Christian), b. 1912.. Jan Christian Smuts.. London: 1952., Cassell & Company,, 1952.

Price: US$27.50 + shipping

Description: xvi, 568 p.: 23 halftone plates & 5 maps. VG orig. red boards in torn and taped dj

Seller: Alec R. Allenson, Inc., Westville, FL, U.S.A.

CHURCHILL WINSTON S.. SECOND WORLD WAR - volume V - CLOSING THE RING. Cassell & Co, London (Londra), 1952.

Price: US$29.33 + shipping

Description: Pagine: 672+XVIII . Illustrazioni: Documento e cartine . Formato: 8° . Rilegatura: Cartonato telato nero con scritte oro al dorso . Stato: Buono . Caratteristiche: Bruniture .

Seller: Libreria Scripta Manent, ALBENGA, SV, Italy

Winston S. Churchill. In the Balance. Cassell and Company Ltd., London, 1952.

Price: US$30.00 + shipping

Description: This is a British first edition of the third of Churchill's five postwar speech volumes. Condition is near very good. The binding is square and tight with minor soiling and gently bumped corners. The blue cloth remains notably bright for an unjacketed copy, with no appreciable difference in color between the spine and the boards, and strong spine gilt. The contents are clean and bright with no ownership markings. Spotting appears to be confined to the page edges. In the Balance includes 58 speeches and broadcasts delivered between 26 January 1949 and 14 December 1950. 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. In the Balance was published on 18 October 1951, just a week before the Conservatives won the General Election, returning Churchill to Downing Street on 26 October 1951 at the age of 76. Befitting a Leader of the Opposition, Churchill's speeches address a wide range of domestic and foreign issues, including devaluation of the British Pound, the General Election of February 1950, the Korean War, and establishment of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. By this time, the political experience that underpinned Churchill's postwar oratory was unrivaled. Member of Parliament for half a century, Churchill was beginning his sixth consecutive decade serving in a British Cabinet. Perhaps nothing better speaks to Churchill's truly singular experience than his 31 March 1949 speech at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (at pages 40-51), where he gave a tour de force survey of the period 1900-1945 that is - characteristic of Churchill - both incisive and lyrical: "In 1900 a sense of moving hopefully forward to brighter, broader, easier days predominated. Little did we guess that what has been called the Century of the Common Man would witness as its outstanding feature more common men killing each other with greater facilities than any other five centuries put together in the history of the world. but it is not in the power of material forces in any period. to alter the main elements in human nature or restrict the infinite variety of forms in which the soul and genius of the human race can and will express itself." Bibliographic Reference: Cohen A255.1, Woods/ICS A130(a), Langworth p.301.

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

Winston S Churchill. The Second World War - Volume V (5) - Closing The Ring.. London, UK : Cassell. 1st edition 1952 (1st printing), 1952.

Price: US$34.09 + shipping

Condition: Near Fine

Description: Published by Cassell. 1st edition 1952 (1st printing).Hardback, 673 pages, black cloth covered boards, gilt lettering - title, Dustwrapper, not price clipped, protected by removable clear pvc cover. Condition : Light foxing to page edges, Small owners stamp to front end-paper - Nr Fine in small tear in centre of spine of Dustwrapper, spine faded. Very Good Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng

Seller: Othello's Bookshop, Lowestoft, Suffolk, United Kingdom

Churchill, Winston S.. THE SECOND WORLD WAR Volume V Closing The Ring. Cassell & Co. Ltd, London, 1952.

Price: US$43.75 + shipping

Condition: Near Fine

Description: First Edition First printing in near fine condition with complete dust jacket in very good plus condition. Neat former owners bookplate on paste down end paper otherwise clean text and sound, tight binding. Original 30s. price printed on dj flap. Illustrated end papers match the design on the dust jacket, grey background . Removable form fitting clear plastic cover on dj. xviii, 673 pages including bibliography and index; illustrated, maps, some folding; 22 cm. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall

Seller: Vera Enterprises LLC /VeraBook, Clarksburg, NJ, U.S.A.

Smuts, J. C.. Jan Christian Smuts. Cassell & Company Ltd, London, 1952.

Price: US$45.00 + shipping

Description: 568, illus., maps, appendix, bibliography, index, small tears to DJ and small pieces missing, discoloration inside boards.

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

Churchill, Winston S.. Closing the Ring ( Volume V of the Second World War Series. Cassell & Co., London et al, 1952.

Price: US$75.00 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: xviii,673 Pp. Volume V only Cloth in dust jacket; decorated endpapers

Seller: Schooner Books Ltd.(ABAC/ALAC), Halifax, NS, Canada

Winston S. Churchill. THE SECOND WORLD WAR. VOLUME V CLOSING THE RING.. Cassell, London, 1952.

Price: US$81.58 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: A firm book, small dent to top of back cover. Internally spotless. Dust jacket spine slightly sunned, piece missing front top of front panel, NOT price clipped. Size: 8 1/2 X 5 1/2"

Seller: Black Stump Books And Collectables, Skipton, VIC,, Australia

Eade, Charles. The War Speeches of the Rt Hon Winston S Churchill (3-volume set, 1952). Cassell and Company, London, 1952.

Price: US$347.42 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: 3 Volume Set, hardcover. This set is one of 4,700 published by Cassell & Co Ltd, Sept 1952. All are bound in navy blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine. All have DJs, being not price clipped ("21s Net"). The set was compiled by Charles Eade. In 1942, Charles Eade had stepped in as compiler of Churchill's wartime speech volumes, replacing Churchill's son, Randolph, who had been called to wartime service. Taken from DJ . "Mr Churchill's war speeches were originally published in seven volumes between 1941 and 1946. This [1952] definitive edition contains certain speeches not then published, to which time and subsequent events have given an added importance. On the other hand, some speeches, originally included in the seven volumes, have been deleted now that time has reduced their significance. Where necessary, the speeches are linked with brief notes to form a complete, chronological story.". Volume One: ("From the rise of Hitler, to the invasion of Russia June 22 1941") 483 pp. Published 1951. Condition Very Good. Covers and spine clean. Slight bumping to cover corners, and to spine top and bottom. Block is clean, slightly darkened with age on block top. Sound, tight binding. Pages clean, no tears, marks or annotations noted. DJ condition Good, with very small closed tears to front and rear covers and, small open tears and fraying to spine. FFEP has adhered, a personal thankyou note from Winston Churchill, on headed "10 Downing Street" paper. This printed note gives thanks for contribution to a birthday present. These pre-printed letters are often mistaken for the original autographed item, but is never-the-less a feature. Two further personal items are held loose in this volume: a post card, and a small card . these indicate that this 3-volume set was given as a Christmas present in 1952, to D Richardson (Kingsbury, London NW9). See photos. Volume Two: ("From June 25 1941 to September 6 1943") 560 pp. Published 1952. Condition Very Good. Covers and spine clean. Minor bumping to spine top and bottom. Block is clean, slightly darkened with age on block top, one small (1 cm) pen mark. Sound, tight binding. Pages clean, no tears, marks or annotations noted. DJ condition Good, with 3 small closed tears. Faint small datestamp (Nov 1954) to FFEP. Small pencilled reference number to RFEP. One personal item is held loose in this volume: a Christmas label, with "To the Godfather of Eight, with love from the Ancient Brits". See photos. Volume Three: ("From September 11 1943 to August 16 1945") 578 pp. Published 1952. Condition Very Good. Covers and spine clean. Minor bumping to spine top and bottom. Block is clean, slightly darkened with age on block top. Sound, tight binding. Pages clean, no tears, marks or annotations noted. DJ condition Good, with light ink smudges to rear. One personal item is held loose in this volume . a "Raphael Tuck" postcard of Winston Churchill, personally inscribed "Every good wish for 1955 - Clive". See photos. Due to weight, this set may incur extra delivery costs. This is dependent on your location and you will be asked to confirm any additional charges before your order is finalised. Size: 26 x 17 Cms

Seller: Oxfam Winchester - F4034, Winchester, HANTS, United Kingdom

Winston Churchill ; Charles Eade. The War Speeches of the R T Hon Winston S. Churchill - 3 Volumes. Cassell, London, 1952.

Price: US$360.53 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: This edition first published 1952. Vg+ robust hardback copies in black buckram, dust jackets have a little edge-wear, including half-inch chips to spines of Vols One and Two. There are also some sealed tears, but the appearance is greatly improved by mylar covers. (Photos on request). Note: the round pink titles area on volume 1 is darkened at the top half. OVERSEAS SHIPPING TO EXCEED QUOTED RATE. LISTING PHOTO DOES NOT NECESSARILY MATCH THIS COPY.

Seller: St Paul's Bookshop P.B.F.A., STAMFORD, United Kingdom

CHURCHILL. WINSTON. S.; .. THE WAR SPEECHES. Compiled by Charles Eade.. Cassell & Company ltd. London.,1952, 1952.

Price: US$393.30 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: FIRST COLLECTED EDITION. Three volumes. Large 8vo. (10 x 6.5 inches). Very good set in original dustwrappers which have closed tears, chipping and some loss to the edges, particularly the bottom of the spines on volumes 2 and 3. Internally a clean copy and the bindings still solid and firm. Overall a near to very good set of the definitive edition of Churchill's war speeches. Only 4700 sets were published, on september 3rd 1952. The first volume is dated 1951 but was issued at the same time as volumes 2 and 3.:

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

Churchill, Winston S.; Eade, Charles (Compiler). The War Speeches of the Rt. Hon. Winston S. Churchill, in 3 volumes. Cassell & Co, London (1951-52), 1952.

Price: US$900.00 + shipping

Condition: Fine

Description: first impression, 3 volumes in publisher's dark blue cloth, spines printed in gilt; dust jackets are very good to near fine, with the slightest age-toning at spines. The definitive edition, with 5 speeches not present in the wartime volumes, plus index. One of 4740 sets printed. Internally clean and bright, with no markings of any kind.

Seller: Charles Parkhurst Rare Books, Inc. ABAA, Sun City West, AZ, U.S.A.

CHURCHILL, Winston S.. The War Speeches of the Rt. Hon. Winston S. Churchill. Compiled by Charles Eade in three volumes.. London: Cassell & Company Ltd, 1952, 1952.

Price: US$1278.23 + shipping

Description: 3 volumes, octavo. Original dark blue cloth, spines lettered in gilt. With the dust jackets. A near-fine set in the bright dust jackets, trivial sticker residue at foot of spine panels, a few faint scratches, light toning to panels. Title pages printed in red and black, facsimile typed notes with manuscript corrections in the text. First collected edition, first impression. Although the publication statement in volume 1 gives 1951 as the date of issue, publication was delayed and all three volumes appeared simultaneously in an edition of 4,740 sets in September 1952; 500 sets of sheets were exported for the American edition, published in 1953. Eade corrects the titles of a number of the speeches and inserts the Secret Session Speeches in the correct chronological order. Cohen A263.1(I-III).a; Woods A136.

Seller: Peter Harrington. ABA member, London, United Kingdom

Winston S. Churchill. The War Speeches of the Rt. Hon. Winston S. Churchill the publisher's file copy from the Cassell & Company Limited archives, with an internal memo from Cassell regarding a prospective reprint of Churchill's speeches. Cassell and Company Ltd., London, 1952.

Price: US$1500.00 + shipping

Description: This is a superior, jacketed, first printing set of the three-volume "definitive" edition of Churchill's war speeches, published during Churchill's second and final premiership. Provenance of this set is the publisher’s archives. Laid in, on a printed Cassell "Memo" sheet, is a hand-written memorandum from an "Anne" to a "Jo" regarding the difficulty and expense of producing a reprint of "Churchills Speeches" and advising a reset "along with the 17 new chapters". The Cassell memo is dated "15/3/89". The memo concludes "cost to be advised." The assumption is that costs proved prohibitive; there is no bibliographic record of a war speeches edition produced between 1978 and 2001. Happily, this first printing set benefitted from being stored away in the Cassell archives. Condition is near fine in near fine dust jackets. The navy bindings are square, clean, bright, and tight. Trivial wear is confined to a few small bumps. The contents are quite clean for the edition, with no spotting and no previous ownership marks and just a bit of soiling on the substantially clean page edges. The dust jackets are unclipped, retaining the original front flap prices. We note only fractional loss to a few corners and hinge extremities and a shallow chip at the upper front face of Volume Two. The dust jackets are modestly soiled, but nonetheless have excellent shelf presentation, with no discernible spine toning. We have fitted the jackets with removable, archival quality clear covers. During his long public life, Winston Churchill played many roles - Member of Parliament for more than half a century, soldier and war correspondent, author of scores of books, ardent social reformer, combative cold warrior, Nobel Prize winner, painter. But Churchill's preeminence as a historical figure owes most to his indispensable leadership during the Second World War, when his soaring and defiant oratory sustained his countrymen and inspired the free world. Of Churchill, Edward R. Murrow said: "He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle." When Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953, it was partly " for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values." Between 1941 and 1946, Churchill's war speeches were published in seven individual volumes. Charles Eade (1903-1964), longtime editor of the Sunday Dispatch, played a critical role in their original publication, as well as in the publication of this edition issued during Churchill's second premiership. In 1942 Eade stepped in as compiler of Churchill's wartime speech volumes, replacing Churchill's son, Randolph, who had been called to wartime service. Notably, he offered his services free of charge, stating, "my reward for the task would be the pleasure of doing it" (7 May 1941 letter from Charles Eade to Kathleen Hill). Eade ultimately edited six of the seven wartime volumes - all except the first, Into Battle. For this "definitive" edition of Churchill's war speeches, Eade returned to the role. In 1952, during Churchill's second premiership, the publisher reissued the War Speeches as a new, three-volume edition. This edition is, in many ways, superior to the original seven wartime editions in both aesthetics and content. Gone is the cheap economy paper of the wartime editions. The binding is a heavy navy cloth with attractive, uniform dust jackets. Further, the books each measure a substantial 10 x 6.25 inches (25.4 x 15.9 cm). New speeches are added, as is a very helpful index. Some of the original speeches considered peripheral are eliminated while others are retitled and chronological dates are replaced with brief transitional or introductory notes. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A263.1(I-III).a, Woods/ICS A136(a.1), Langworth p.303.

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

Winston S. Churchill, compiled by Charles Eade. The War Speeches of the Rt. Hon. Winston S. Churchill, presentation set inscribed on the day of publication by the compiler, Charles Eade, to Sir Arthur Elvin, owner of Wembley Stadium. Cassell and Company Ltd., London, 1952.

Price: US$2250.00 + shipping

Description: This presentation set of the first edition, first printing of the three-volume "definitive" edition of Churchill's war speeches was inscribed on the day of publication by the compiler, Charles Eade, to Sir Arthur Elvin. The inscription, inked in black in ten lines on the front free endpaper, reads: "Presented to | Sir Arthur Elvin | by the | Compiler | Charles Eade | as a token of appreciation | of the many happy | visits to Wembley Stadium | and Pool. | Sept. 3. 1952". Churchill's war speeches were first published in seven individual volumes. Charles Eade (1903-1964) played a critical role in their original publication, as well as in this edition issued during Churchill's second premiership. A noted figure in British journalism, Eade became editor of the Sunday Dispatch in 1938, a post he held until 1957. Eade was also an early radio sports commentator, and during the Second World War served as public relations advisor to Louis Mountbatten. In 1942 Eade stepped in as compiler of Churchill's wartime speech volumes, replacing Churchill's son, Randolph, who had been called to wartime service. Notably, Eade offered his services free of charge, stating, "my reward for the task would be the pleasure of doing it" (7 May 1941 letter from Charles Eade to Kathleen Hill). Eade ultimately edited six of the seven wartime volumes - all except the first, Into Battle. For this "definitive" edition of Churchill's war speeches, Eade returned to the role. Eade later served as editor for Churchill By His Contemporaries. Sir Arthur Elvin (1899-1957), son of a police officer, joined the Royal Flying Corps at seventeen. Sent to France as an observer, he was shot down and taken prisoner. He escaped twice but was recaptured because he could not swim. This experience, he later said, made him want to build a public swimming-pool. In the late 1920s, Elvin purchased Wembley Stadium, where he established greyhound racing. In 1933-34 Wembley became more than a racing track with construction of the Empire Pool. A reinforced concrete frame of three hinged arches spanning 240 feet made the largest concrete span in the world at that time. The pool was 200 feet long and 60 feet wide, with a removable floor in order to stage skating, ice hockey, ice spectacles, and boxing. During the Second World War, Elvin entertained servicemen and women and the pool was occupied by Gibraltarians. In 1948 Elvin’s longtime ambition and advocacy was realized when Wembley Stadium and the Empire Pool were used for the Olympic Games. Elvin was made an honorary freeman of the borough of Wembley in 1945, appointed MBE in the same year, and knighted in 1946. (ODNB) In 1952, the publisher reissued the War Speeches as this new, three-volume edition, which may be considered superior to the original seven-volume wartime editions in both aesthetics and content. Eade modified many speech titles, added several speeches, and eliminated several for which he deemed "time has reduced their significance." The speeches "are linked, where necessary, with brief notes to form a complete, chronological story." Each volume features an index. The three tall volumes (10 x 6.35 inches) are bound in smooth, dark blue cloth with stout boards and gilt spine print and wrapped in uniform dust jackets. This presentation set is in very good condition in like dust jackets. The blue bindings are clean and bright with minor wear confined to extremities. The contents are bright with a crisp feel. Internal spotting is confined to the Volume I endpapers. The page edges show mild age-toning, trivial spotting, and faint staining to the lower Volume III fore edges. The dust jackets are bright with modest spotting to the Volume II jacket, light wear to extremities, and neatly price-clipped Volume I & III lower front flaps. The dust jackets are protected in removable, archival quality clear covers. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A263.1(I-III).a, Woods/ICS A136(a.1), Langworth p.303.

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