The Second World War (III)

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The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy

First UK editions, first impressions, of Churchill's masterpiece, in a very handsome binding.

Churchill's account was the single most important historical interpretation of the Second World War, and a major factor in Churchill being awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953. As Max Beloff observed, there was no statesman of the 20th century "whose retrospective accounts of the great events in which he has taken part have so dominated subsequent historical thinking".

The publication date of the UK edition was slightly preceded by the US edition.

6 volumes, octavo (204 x 133 mm). Recent red crushed morocco by Bayntun-Riviere, spines lettered in gilt with gilt lion motifs to compartments, facsimile signature in gilt to front covers, gilt ruled turn-ins, marbled endpapers, gilt edges.