COMPLETE SEVEN-VOLUME COLLECTION OF FIRST EDITIONS OF CHURCHILL'S WWII SPEECHES, 1941-46
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Collection of World War II speeches: Into Battle; The Unrelenting Struggle; The End of the Beginning; Onwards to Victory; The Dawn of Liberation; Victory; Secret Session Speeches. London: Cassell, (1941-46). Together, seven volumes. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jackets. $3500.
First editions of Churchill's separately published World War II speeches, in original dust jackets.
Churchill's war speeches, published between 1941 and 1946, "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 second state, with page number "78" present. The Unrelenting Struggle first state, with page number "281" irregular; in first printing dust jacket referring to the "Eighth Edition" of Into Battle on the front flap. Victory second state, with page number "177" correctly printed. Secret Session Speeches first English edition, preceded by the American edition. Dust jackets price-clipped on Into Battle, End of the Beginning, and Dawn of Liberation. Cohen A142.1.b; A172.1.b; A183.1.a; A194.1.a; A214.1.a; A223.1.b; A227.2.a. Gift inscription in Into Battle;
Books generally near-fine, with less foxing than often seen; dust jackets with some light wear to extremities, mild toning, extremely good. Increasingly scarce in the original dust jackets.