The War Speeches, a full set of seven British first editions - Into Battle, The Unrelenting ... The War Speeches, a full set of seven British first editions - Into Battle, The Unrelenting ... The War Speeches, a full set of seven British first editions - Into Battle, The Unrelenting ... The War Speeches, a full set of seven British first editions - Into Battle, The Unrelenting ...

The War Speeches, a full set of seven British first editions - Into Battle, The Unrelenting Struggle, The End of the Beginning, Onwards to Victory, The Dawn of Liberation, Victory, and Secret Session Speeches

Winston S. Churchill

Published by Cassell and Company Ltd., London, 1941
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Here is an exceptional set of British first edition, first printings of Winston Churchill's seven war speeches volumes. This set features near fine or better volumes in near fine dust jackets. It has become quite difficult to assemble jacketed, first printing sets in such condition. Few books are as emblematic of Churchill s literary and leadership gifts as his war speeches volumes. During his long public life, Winston Churchill played many roles worthy of note - 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. The British first editions are visually striking, but were printed on cheap wartime paper, bound in coarse cloth, and wrapped in bright, fragile dust jackets. They proved highly susceptible to spotting, soiling, and fading, so the passage of time has been hard on most surviving first editions. This set is a noteworthy exception. The blue cloth bindings remain tight and clean with bright spine gilt and only trivial wear to extremities. The contents are unusually bright throughout the set. We find no previous ownership marks in any of the volumes. The spotting endemic to these first editions appears confined to the page edges of the first volume and the page edges and first and final leaves of the fourth and fifth volumes. The Unrelenting Struggle is also first state, denoted by irregular pagination at page 281. Victory is likewise first state, denoted by p.177 misprinted as "77". The first and final volumes are of special note. Into Battle has the most vividly bright and complete dust jacket we have been able to offer in many years, with a beautifully bright book beneath suffering only a bit of page edge spotting. Secret Session Speeches is likewise a superlative copy, with beautifully fine book beneath a complete and unusually bright dust jacket. All seven first printing dust jackets retain unusually bright spines. All dust jackets except The Unrelenting Struggle retain the original publisher s prices on the lower front flaps. All seven dust jackets are complete apart from fractional chipping to a few extremities. Modest soiling, primarily to the white rear faces of the dust jackets, trivial wear to hinges and extremities, and a tiny, stray ink mark to the front face of Victory jacket do not compromise the exceptional shelf presentation and overall caliber of this set. All seven dust jackets are newly fitted with removable, archival quality clear covers. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A142.1.b, A172.1.a, A183.1.a, A194.1.a, A214.1.a, A223.1.a, A227.2.b; Woods/ICS A66(a.1), A89(a.1), A94(a.1), A101(a.1), A107(a.1), A112(ab), A114(b); Langworth pages 204, 213, 218, 223, 228, 234, 250. Bookseller Inventory # 004542

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Title: The War Speeches, a full set of seven ...

Publisher: Cassell and Company Ltd., London

Publication Date: 1941

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First edition.

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