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Finely bound first editions of Winston Churchill's masterpiece

The Second World War. Vol. I: The Gathering Storm; Vol. II: Their Finest Hour; Vol. III: The Grand Alliance; Vol. IV: The Hinge of Fate. Vol. V: Closing the Ring; Vol. VI: Triumph and Tragedy.

London: Cassell, 1948-54.

Price: $3,500.00

About the item

First English edition. 6 vols. 8vo. Finely bound first editions of Winston Churchill's masterpiece. Half-red morocco and marbled paper sides, top edge tinted, spotting to edges, otherwise finePhoto. Woods A123(b); Holmes, 285.

Item #367070

Previously serialized in London's Daily Telegraph, this may be regarded as Churchill's magnum opus; it has been translated into some 20 languages. Its six volumes span the period from the end of the First World War to July 1945, and Churchill's own role in it cannot be overstated. Following the publication of the final volume in 1953, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, “for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values”.