“ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT TREATISES ON WAR THAT HAS EVER BEEN WRITTEN”: CHURCHILL’S THE WORLD CRISIS, FULL FIRST EDITION SET, HANDSOMELY BOUND
CHURCHILL, Winston. The World Crisis. London: Thornton Butterworth, (1923-31). Six volumes. Octavo, modern full navy morocco gilt, raised bands, spine compartments decorated with gilt Churchill lions, all edges gilt.
First English editions of Churchill’s important history of World War I. “Not only the best account of the most tremendous convulsion the world has ever seen, but one of the most brilliant treatises on war that has ever been written” (Spectator).
During WWI, Churchill served variously as the head of the British Navy, Minister for Munitions, and as a foot soldier in the trenches. The World Crisis offers his first-hand account of the British government's massive efforts to win the war, and depicts the political events that would serve as object lessons for Churchill when WWII broke out. Illustrated with numerous maps (many folding), charts, facsimiles, photographs, and a large folding colored map at rear of last volume. Preceded by the American editions, although "the English is more aesthetically desirable… equipped with shoulder notes on each page which summarize the subject of that page… It is more popular among collectors who wish to own only one edition" (Langworth, 108). With all errata slips as called for in Woods. Cohen A69.2. Woods A31(a). Langworth, 105-108.
Occasional scattered light foxing to interiors. A fine set of this increasingly scarce Churchill work, handsomely bound.