The World Crisis

1911 - 1914; 1915; 1916 - 1918 (parts one & two); The Aftermath; The Eastern Front,

CHURCHILL, Winston

PRESENTATION SET, INSCRIBED BY CHURCHILL

CHURCHILL, Winston The World Crisis 1911 - 1914; 1915; 1916 - 1918 (parts one & two); The Aftermath; The Eastern Front,

Butterworth, 1923.

Six volumes, containing five parts, all first editions. 8vo. Original blue cloth with gilt titles on the spine. Blind stamped titles to the upper covers. Volume I inscribed by Churchill prior to publication on the first blank, "From Winston S. Churchill 8 Ap. 1923." In total 47 maps and charts (39 fold out) and fourteen full page plates, as well as many diagrams in the text. A bright and clean set, each volume in near fine condition, save for the second, which is bound in a variant cloth and is faded to the spine with a short closed tear to its head.

An excellent presentation set of The World Crisis, inscribed by Churchill for his Liberal colleague Robert Crewe-Milnes who hosted the party where Churchill met his wife Clementine Hozier, the dedicatee of the first volume of this work. The publication date was 10 April 1923, making this one of the pre-publication copies distributed by Churchill among his friends and colleagues.
The World Crisis is Churchill's seminal account of the First World War, upon which a large part of his reputation as a writer rests. "The volumes contain some of Churchill's finest writing, weaving the many threads together with majestic ease, describing the massive battles in terms which fitly combine relish of the literary challenge with an awareness of the sombre tragedy of the events." - Woods.
Published separately and originally planned as only three volumes, the others were added later and as a consequence volume six (present here) is often lacking.

PROVENANCE: Robert Crewe-Milnes, 1st Marquess of Crewe (1858-1945) the Liberal statesmen, his armorial bookplate to four of the volumes; thence by descent.

Woods A31(a); Cohen A69.2(I).a, A69.2(II).a, A69.2(III-1).a, A69.2(III-2).a, A69.2(IV-2).b, A69.2(V).a.

Stock ID: 38669

£8,500.00

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