The World Crisis, full set of six firsts

Churchill, Winston S.

Editorial: Thornton Butterworth, London, 1923-1931
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The original work appeared from 1923-27 as 3 volumes published in 4 by Thornton Butterworth: Vol I: 1911-1914; Vol II: 1915; Vols III, IV: 1916-1918 in two parts. Subsequently in 1929, a further volume (4 or 5) appeared as The Aftermath. Then still later in 1931 a final supplementary volume was published The Eastern Front ( or The Unknown War) .An impressive set, uniformly bound in smooth navy blue cloth, gilt title on spine and blind stamped titles on front cover. Numerous maps and plans, some folding and coloured. The only illustrations are 8 photos of key personalities in the final volume. Large attractive books, 6 x 9 inches, this first English edition is much preferred over the American. An average set of all firsts in mixed condition. Vol I has long scratch on front cover, ex-Boots, edges off white and scattered spots; Vol 2has superb well rounded spine, edges free of spots, tight binding; Vol 3-4 are ex-Boots, edges spotted; Vol 5 has vertical crease in spine, a few edge spots; Vol 6 is ex-public library with label on front pastedown and a few small oval stamps, binding loose, split vat rear folding map. (A31ab). N° de ref. de la librería

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Título: The World Crisis, full set of six firsts
Editorial: Thornton Butterworth, London, 1923-1931

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Winston S. Churchill
Editorial: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York (1923)
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Descripción Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1923. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Very good. 1st Edition. Here is a full first edition set of Winston Churchill's history of the First World War, originally published between 1923 and 1931. Of The World Crisis, Churchill bibliographer Frederick Woods wrote: "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." Churchill was in a special position to write this history, having served both in the Cabinet and on the Front. He served as First Lord of the Admiralty from 1911 until 1915. After the failure in the Dardanelles and the slaughter at Gallipoli Churchill was scapegoated and forced to resign. He spent his political exile as a lieutenant colonel leading a battalion in the trenches. Before war's end, Churchill was exonerated and rejoined the Government, but the stigma would linger. Churchill may have meant for his history of the First World War to clear his name, but his six volume masterwork far exceeds this purpose. The U.S. is the true first edition, as U.S. Volume I publication preceded the British. Here is very good set of first edition, first printings. the set is notable for quite respectable shelf presentation for the edition and particularly clean contents. We find no spotting in the set and the sole previous ownership mark is a previous owner's name in pencil on The Aftermath ffep. First printings of volume I proved quite susceptible to spine sunning and blackening of the gilt. This copy suffers some of the usual spine sunning and darkening of the gilt, but is nonetheless an extremely clean copy with virtually no wear to the binding and truly exceptional contents - crisp, bright, and appearing unread. Even the untrimmed fore edges remain bright and clean. The remaining five volumes completing the set range from very good to near-fine condition. Wear to the bindings is minimal, the only notable exception being some fraying at the 1915 volume lower spine and corners. The 1915 volume compensates for the wear by being the first edition binding variant (See Cohen A69.1(II).b) with two stars on the spine and gilt lettering within a blind rule box on the front cover. Shelf appearance is better than usual, with only modest sunning to the spines and some staining to the 1916-1918 Part I spine. Apart from this flaw, the 1916-1918 volumes are fine, clearly unread with virtually no wear to the bindings, and crisp, bright contents. All five have clean bindings with minimal shelf wear, unfaded spines, and bright gilt. The Aftermath binding is clean and tight, but with some sunning to the spine and part of the rear cover, as well as faint staining to the lower front cover corner. The sixth and final volume - The Unknown War - has a clean and tight binding with only slight color shift between the covers and spine and trivial shelfwear at spine ends and corners. The contents are crisp, clean, and tight and the color folding map at p.388 is intact and properly folded. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A69.1(I-V).a, Woods/ICS A31(aa), Langworth p.103. Nº de ref. de la librería 002309

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Winston S. Churchill
Editorial: Thornton Butterworth Limited, London (1923)
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Descripción Thornton Butterworth Limited, London, 1923. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. This is a full British first edition, first printing six-volume set, published between 1923 and 1931. The World Crisis is Winston Churchill's epic history of the First World War, in which he played such a critical, controversial, and varied role. Of The World Crisis, Frederick Woods wrote: "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." Churchill was in a special position to write this history, having served both in the Cabinet and on the Front. First Lord of the Admiralty from 1911 until 1915, after the failure in the Dardanelles and the slaughter at Gallipoli, Churchill was scapegoated and forced to resign. He spent his political exile as a lieutenant colonel leading a battalion in the trenches. Before war's end, Churchill was exonerated and rejoined the Government, but the stigma would linger. Churchill may have meant for his history of the First World War to clear his name, but his six volume masterwork far exceeds this purpose. Many consider the British edition aesthetically superior to the U.S., with its larger volumes and shoulder notes summarizing the subject of each page. Unfortunately, the smooth navy cloth of the British first editions proved quite susceptible to wear, the contents prone to spotting and toning, and the final volume, The Eastern Front, was produced in smaller numbers, making it challenging to fill complete sets. This full first printing set ranges from good to near very good condition, respectable but showing some of the wear and faults endemic to the first edition. Shelf presentation is quite good, with nicely rounded spines, strong navy color, and bright gilt except for The Eastern Front, which shows a vertical dimple to the spine. The bindings generally show light overall scuffing and minor wear to extremities. The chief flaw that prevents us from grading most of the volumes in this set higher is spotting, heavy to most of the page edges and some prelims. The sole internal previous ownership marks in the set are the tiny sticker of a London bookseller (Myers & Co. of New Bond Street, London) affixed to the lower front pastedown of the first five volumes. The Aftermath is a high point in the set, of note for a particularly clean, tight, and square binding which shows none of the blistering of the cloth commonly seen in the first edition. The Eastern Front binding shows no internal previous ownership marks and all illustrations are present, as is the color folding map at p.368. Nonetheless, The Eastern Front does show some staining of the covers and evidence that a Boots Library sticker (we recognize the telltale shape and placement) was long ago removed from the lower front cover, corroborated by a Boots Library order form tipped in at p.17. For those unfamiliar, the Boots Book Lending service was established in 1898 at the instigation of Florence Boot. By 1903, there were 300 Boots stores across the country, of which 143 had a "Booklovers’ Library". Boots Library stressed circulation of clean books and books withdrawn from circulation were offered for sale. The Last Boots branches closed in 1966. Bibliographic reference: A69.2(I).b, A69.2(II).a, A69.2(III-1&2).a, A69.2(IV).b, A69.2(V).a; Woods/ICS A31(ab); Langworth p.105. Nº de ref. de la librería 003431

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Winston S. Churchill
Editorial: Thornton Butterworth Limited, London (1923)
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Descripción Thornton Butterworth Limited, London, 1923. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. This is a full British first edition, first printing, six-volume set, published between 1923 and 1931. Condition is quite respectable, superior to that of most sets we encounter and increasingly challenging to assemble thus. The final volume, The Eastern Front, was produced in smaller numbers, making it challenging to fill complete sets. This full first printing set features volumes ranging from very good to near fine. Shelf presentation is quite good, with nicely rounded spines, strong navy color, and bright gilt. Spotting, endemic to the edition, appears almost entirely confined to the page edges of four volumes. Previous ownership marks are limited to a name inked to the 1911-1914 front free endpaper, a Times Book Club sticker affixed to the lower rear 1915 pastedown, and the same, small London bookseller sticker affixed to the lower front pastedown of both 1916-1918 volumes. The binding of The Aftermath proved prone to unsightly blistering of the cloth; while the binding of this copy shows slight spine dulling and a little wear to the spine ends and corners, it is noteworthy for suffering none of the typical blistering of the cloth and the contents appear entirely free of spotting. The Eastern Front is a particularly fine example, with a strikingly bright, clean, and sharp-cornered binding. Churchill played a critical, controversial, and varied role in the First World War and his remarkable experience underpins his epic, six-volume history of the conflict. Of The World Crisis, Frederick Woods wrote: "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." Churchill was in a special position to write this history, having served both in the Cabinet and on the Front. First Lord of the Admiralty from 1911 until 1915, after the failure in the Dardanelles and the slaughter at Gallipoli, Churchill was scapegoated and forced to resign. He spent his political exile as a lieutenant colonel leading a battalion in the trenches. Before war's end, Churchill was exonerated and rejoined the Government, but the stigma would linger. Churchill may have meant for his history of the First World War to clear his name, but his six volume masterwork far exceeds this purpose. Many consider the British edition aesthetically superior to the U.S., with its larger volumes and shoulder notes summarizing the subject of each page. Unfortunately, the smooth navy cloth of the British first editions proved quite susceptible to wear, the contents prone to spotting and toning. Bibliographic reference: A69.2(I).b, A69.2(II).a, A69.2(III-1&2).a, A69.2(IV).b, A69.2(V).a; Woods/ICS A31(ab); Langworth p.105. Nº de ref. de la librería 004313

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Winston S. Churchill
Editorial: Thornton Butterworth Limited, London (1923)
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Descripción Thornton Butterworth Limited, London, 1923. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. This is a collector grade full British first edition, first printing six-volume set, published between 1923 and 1931, increasingly scarce in such condition. The World Crisis is Winston Churchill's epic history of the First World War, in which he played such a critical, controversial, and varied role. Of The World Crisis, Frederick Woods wrote: "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." Churchill was in a special position to write this history, having served both in the Cabinet and on the Front. First Lord of the Admiralty from 1911 until 1915, after the failure in the Dardanelles and the slaughter at Gallipoli, Churchill was scapegoated and forced to resign. He spent his political exile as a lieutenant colonel leading a battalion in the trenches. Before war's end, Churchill was exonerated and rejoined the Government, but the stigma would linger. Churchill may have meant for his history of the First World War to clear his name, but his six volume masterwork far exceeds this purpose. Many consider the British edition aesthetically superior to the U.S., with its larger volumes and shoulder notes summarizing the subject of each page. Unfortunately, the smooth navy cloth of the British first editions proved quite susceptible to wear, the contents prone to spotting and toning, and the final volume, The Eastern Front, was produced in smaller numbers, making it challenging to fill complete sets. This is a full first printing set, with all six volumes in near fine or better condition. The bindings are unusually clean, bright, and tight, with vivid spine gilt, excellent shelf presentation, and only minor wear primarily confined to extremities. The Eastern Front is a treat, as we rarely see copies this clean. The beautiful condition of the binding is explained by differential toning to the endpapers corresponding to dust jacket flaps, suggesting that this copy was long jacketed. The contents remain crisp and bright with spotting confined to the page edges. The Aftermath binding is also worthy of particular note, showing none of the blistering of the cloth endemic to the first printing and with nearly pristine contents. The 1911-1914 volume is the first state, lacking the errata slip. The contents of all six volumes are bright, with contents that feel unread. Modest spotting appears primarily confined to the page edges of the 1911-1914, 1915, and Eastern Front volumes. The same armorial bookplate – that of Reginald Arthur Loyd – is affixed to the pastedowns of the 1915 and 1916-1918 volumes. Loyd appears to have served in the British Army during the First World War. The only other previous ownership mark we find is an inked owner name and date of "Apr 1923" – the month of publication – on the 1911-1914 volume front free endpaper. Bibliographic reference: A69.2(I).a, A69.2(II).a, A69.2(III-1&2).a, A69.2(IV).b, A69.2(V).a; Woods/ICS A31(ab); Langworth p.105. Nº de ref. de la librería 003385

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Winston S. Churchill
Editorial: Thornton Butterworth Limited, London (1923)
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Descripción Thornton Butterworth Limited, London, 1923. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. This is a spectacular full British first edition, first printing six-volume set with noteworthy provenance. Published between 1923 and 1931, The World Crisis is Winston Churchill's epic history of the First World War, in which he played such a critical, controversial, and varied role. Frederick Woods wrote: "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." Churchill was in a special position to write this history, having served both in the Cabinet and on the Front. First Lord of the Admiralty from 1911 until 1915, after the failure in the Dardanelles and the slaughter at Gallipoli, Churchill was scapegoated and forced to resign. He spent his political exile as a lieutenant colonel leading a battalion in the trenches. Before war's end, Churchill was exonerated and rejoined the Government, but the stigma would linger. Churchill may have meant for his history of the First World War to clear his name, but his six volume masterwork far exceeds this purpose. Both condition and provenance of this set are of note. This set is inscribed on the volume I half title: To | Col. Carey Evans | from | Her Excellency | June 26. 1923." Sir Thomas John Carey Evans, MC, FRCS, IMS (1884-1947) was a career medical officer who served with distinction during the First World War with the Indian Army at Gallipoli, in Egypt, and in Mesopotamia, being twice mentioned in the despatches, awarded the Military Cross, and created a Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur. It was also during the First World War in 1917 that Evans married Olwen Elizabeth, elder daughter of David Lloyd-George. When this first volume of The World Crisis was inscribed to Carey Evans in 1923, he was serving in India as personal physician to the Viceroy. The inscription to Carey Evans is that of Alice Edith Isaacs nee Cohen, Marchioness of Reading, GBE, CI (1866-1930). Lady Reading owed her titular "Excellency" to her husband, Rufus Daniel Isaacs, 1st Marquess of Reading, GCB, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, PC, KC (1860-1935). Lord Reading was Viceroy of India from 1921-1925. Carey Evans was knighted in 1924. A post-military medical career in London saw him become superintendent of the Hammersmith Hospital when the British Postgraduate Medical School was established there. He would end his career organizing the hospital under Second World War wartime and air-raid conditions. Many consider the British edition of The World Crisis aesthetically superior to the U.S., with its larger volumes and shoulder notes summarizing the subject of each page. Unfortunately, the smooth navy cloth of the British first editions proved quite susceptible to wear, the contents prone to spotting and toning, and the final volume, The Eastern Front, was produced in smaller numbers, making it challenging to fill complete sets. This full first printing set is exceptional, each volume in near fine or better condition, most of them superior even to jacketed copies. All six volumes feel unread, with crisp, bright contents. We find no previous ownership marks other than the Volume I inscription. Spotting, endemic to the edition, appears confined to the page edges and prelims of the first two volumes. The blue cloth bindings remain unusually bright and fresh with vivid spine gilt and superlative shelf presentation. Trivial wear is evident only in minor wrinkling to spine ends and a few small corner bumps. The binding of The Aftermath proved prone to unsightly blistering of the cloth; here the trivial blistering is confined to a few spots at the fore edges. The Eastern Front is a particularly fine example, with a bright binding and pristine contents that show absolutely no spotting. Bibliographic reference: A69.2(I).b, A69.2(II).a, A69.2(III-1&2).a, A69.2(IV).b, A69.2(V).a; Woods/ICS A31(ab); Langworth p.105. Nº de ref. de la librería 003816

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Winston S. Churchill
Editorial: Thornton Butterworth Limited, London (1923)
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Descripción Thornton Butterworth Limited, London, 1923. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. This is a full set of six British first edition, first printings of Churchill's monumental history of the First World War, inscribed and dated in the third book by Churchill (two days before publication) to his "oldest friend" Jack Seely. Inked on the ffep of 1916-1918 Part I in four lines is "Jack Seely / from / Winston S. Churchill / 1.3.27". John Edward Bernard Seely (1868-1947), 1st Baron Mottistone CB, CMG, DSO, PC, TD, was Churchill's close friend, comrade in arms, and political ally for nearly half a century. His life and career remarkably parallel and entwine Churchill's, with a particularly strong bond during the First World War, both in politics and on the Front. As boys, Seely and Churchill both attended Harrow. Both earned distinction in the Boer War and parlayed war records into election to Parliament in the "Khaki election" of 1900. Churchill and Seely quickly became political allies and confidantes. Both left the Conservative party, becoming Liberals in 1904. Both joined the Liberal Government Cabinet in 1908. In 1911 Churchill became First Lord of the Admiralty and in 1912 Seely became Secretary of State for War. Both were forced out of the Cabinet - Seely for the Curragh Incident in 1914 and Churchill for the Dardanelles in 1915 - and both subsequently chose to serve on the Front. While on active service in Europe, the two friends arranged to see one another often and continued to correspond throughout the war. In 1916, Churchill wrote to Seely "Good luck to you my dear - count on me if the moment comes when I am worth anything again." Churchill was the first to be politically rehabilitated, returning to the Cabinet as Minister of Munitions in 1917. Seely would write from Flanders "I am so glad, not only for your sake who at last have an outlet for energies and talents, but even more for all of us who want so badly just what you can give." While Seely continued to serve with gallant distinction, Churchill faithfully advocated for a Ministerial appointment for him. In 1918, after retiring from active military service, Seely campaigned for Churchill in Dundee. When Churchill became Secretary of State for Air and War in 1919, he brought in Seely as Under-Secretary for Air. Though Seely chafed at his failure to secure his own ministry and ultimately resigned in frustration, the friendship endured. Churchill wrote to Seely "I did whatever was in my power wh sincere & old friendship suggested to assist yr return from the military to the political arena. Had greater offices been in my sphere of influence, I wd have found one for you." In 1924, both Seely and Churchill rejoined the Conservative Party. In 1927, when this book was inscribed, Churchill was Chancellor of the Exchequer and Seely Chairman of the National Savings Commission (a post he held from 1926-1943). Two years later, Churchill wrote to Stanley Baldwin urging that Seely be given a peerage; Seely was created Baron Mottistone in 1933. The inscribed 1916-1918 Part I book is in near-fine condition. The binding is square, clean, and tight, with only very light shelf wear and minor wrinkling at the spine ends. The contents are bright and crisp. Spotting is mostly confined to the prelims and page edges, of course including the inscribed ffep. Nonetheless, the inscription is excellent, with no age-spreading or smudging of the ink. The remaining five volumes make this a very nice set indeed with superior spine presentation. The bindings are uniformly clean with bright gilt and only light shelf wear, mostly confined to extremities. The contents are uniformly clean and tight. Light spotting is confined to text block edges and the prelims of two volumes. The Eastern Front and The Aftermath both have a single neat previous owner name inked on the ffep. The 1911-1914 volume bears an inked inscription on the ffep dated 4 May 1923. We find no other ownership marks. Bibliographic reference: A69.2(I-VI).a, Woods/ICS A31(ab), Langworth p.105. Nº de ref. de la librería 001651

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Winston S. Churchill
Editorial: Thornton Butterworth Limited, London (1923)
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Descripción Thornton Butterworth Limited, London, 1923. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. This is a full, six-volume British first edition, first printing six-volume set in the exceedingly rare first printing dust jackets, a prize thus. When this set was originally published between 1923 and 1931, booksellers often discarded the dust jackets when offering the books for sale. Even those which were not discarded often did not survive; the jackets for the two 1916-1918 volumes and the Eastern Front volume proved notoriously brittle. The mere fact that this set is jacketed commands attention; several other considerations make it particularly noteworthy. The 1911-1914 dust jacket is the first printing, with a blank rear panel that does not advertise subsequent volumes in the series. Also noteworthy, the 1916-1918 jackets and the Eastern Front jacket are all in one piece, with no detached flaps or hinge breaks. We know of no other complete, first printing jacketed sets on the world market thus. Overall condition of this set is near fine in very good dust jackets. All six bindings are square, clean, and tight with bright spine gilt and only trivial blemishes. Spotting is modest for the edition, substantially confined to text block edges and prelims, with only occasional intrusions into blank inner margins. The sole previous ownership mark we find in the set is an inked name dated "May 1923" in Volume I. The contents of most of the volumes retain a crisp, unread feel. The dust jackets range from very good plus to very good minus. The exceptionally elusive Eastern Front dust jacket has spine head loss to a maximum depth of .75 inch, minor chipping to the top edges of the front and rear panels, and closed tears at the lower hinges. As is always the case, the pale green color is toned on the spine, though still visible on the panels and flaps. The Aftermath jacket suffers only fractional loss to the top edges. The 1916-1918 jackets are quite remarkable for the edition. The Part II jacket is nearly complete, with just fractional chipping to the spine head and corners and mild spine toning. The Part I jacket shows fractional chipping to the upper edges and corners with spine head loss that is one inch wide and a maximum of just over half an inch deep and some barely discernible moisture staining to the upper front panel adjacent to the spine. The 1915 jacket shows only fractional chipping to corners and hinge extremities, light overall soiling, and modest spine toning. The 1911-1914 jacket shows small losses at the spine head and corners, overall soiling, and spine toning, with a price reduction penciled faintly above the original price on the lower spine. The World Crisis is Winston Churchill's epic history of the First World War, in which he played such a critical, controversial, and varied role. Churchill was in a special position to write this history, having served both in the Cabinet and on the Front. Churchill served as First Lord of the Admiralty from 1911 until 1915, but after the failure in the Dardanelles, he was scapegoated and forced to resign. He spent his political exile as a lieutenant colonel leading a battalion in the trenches. Before the war's end, Churchill was exonerated and rejoined the Government, foreshadowing the political isolation and restoration he would experience nearly two decades later leading up to the Second World War. Despite Churchill's political recovery, the stigma of the Dardanelles would linger. Churchill may have meant for his history of the First World War to clear his name, but his six volume masterwork far exceeds this purpose. Many consider the British edition aesthetically superior to the U.S., with its larger volumes and shoulder notes summarizing the subject of each page. This is as early as a collector can plausibly go for jacketed first edition works by Churchill. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A69.2(I).b, A69.2(II).a, A96.2(III-1&2).a, A69.2(IV).b, A69.2(V).a; Woods/ICS A31(ab), Langworth p.105. Nº de ref. de la librería 004126

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