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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.

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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 ( Complete 6 Volume Set ) Vol. 1 SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL. Cassell & Co. Ltd., London, 1948.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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.