The Churchill War Papers

[CHURCHILL, Sir Winston]. GILBERT, Martin. The Churchill War Papers.

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[CHURCHILL, Sir Winston]. GILBERT, Martin. The Churchill War Papers. London: Heinemann, 1993; 1994; 2000.

Royal 8vo. Publisher's dark red cloth, spines lettered in gilt; in the original dust-wrappers; pp. [vii], viii-xx, 1370; [ix], x-xxxii, 1359; [xi], xii-lxiv; 1821, [3]; author's signature, date, and inscription to title in all three volumes; sunning to spines on volumes I and II, lower edge with a touch of darkening to the corner; else fine copies.
First UK editions, all three volumes signed. The final volumes of Churchill's Official Biography. Considerably scarcer than the U.S. first editions, which are similar in appearance.
Martin Gilbert's official biography of Sir Winston Churchill is complemented by the Churchill War Papers, a series of documentary volumes which reveal, with a more comprehensive authority than even the best narrative history, how Churchill waged the Second World War.
The culminating volumes in an vast and ambitious piece of scholarship about a singularly extraordinary life. The biography itself comprises eight main text volumes (which detail the narrative story of Churchill's life), and are followed by twenty-three accompanying 'Companion' volumes. The eight main text volumes were published between 1966 and 1988, and these three War Papers volumes (which comprise volumes fourteen, fifteen, and sixteen) were the last completed by Gilbert before his death. The first contains documents from the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939 to May 1940, the month that Churchill became Prime Minister and Germany invaded France and the Low Countries. The second extends from May 1940 through to December 1940, with Britain having fought off the immediate threat of Nazi invasion in the Battle of Britain, but nonetheless weak, isolated, and starved for supplies by the U-boat menace. The third volume contains documents from 1941, which ended with the attack on Pearl Harbor, formal entry of the United States into the war, and Churchill addressing both a joint session of the U.S. Congress, as well as the Canadian Parliament.
Zoller A302f1, A303f2, A302f3.