“THEY MAY BE THE LAST WORD UPON THE WAR”: FIRST EDITIONS OF CHURCHILL’S WAR SPEECHES, HANDSOMELY BOUND
CHURCHILL, Winston. Collection of World War II speeches: Into Battle, (1941); The Unrelenting Struggle, (1942); The End of the Beginning, (1943); Onwards to Victory, (1944); The Dawn of Liberation, (1945); Victory, (1946); Secret Session Speeches, (1946). London: Cassell, (1941-46). Seven volumes. Octavo, modern three-quarter navy morocco gilt, raised bands, red morocco spine labels, spines decorated with gilt-tooled Churchill lion emblems, top edges gilt.
First editions of Churchill’s separately published World War II speeches.
Churchill's speeches "constitute a contemporary history of the war which is as lively as it is authoritative; and, so far as contemporary history is of value, they may be said to be the last word upon the war" (Randolph S. Churchill). With 50 half-tone photographic plates, including frontispieces. Into Battle first state, with page number "78" absent. The Unrelenting Struggle first state, with page number "281" irregular. Victory first state, with page number "177" incorrectly printed as "77." Secret Session Speeches first English edition, preceded by the American edition. Cohen A142.1.a; A172.1.a; A183.1.a; A194.1.a; A214.1.a; A223.1.a; A227.2.a. Langworth, 202-247. Woods A66(a)-A114.