CHURCHILL, Sir Winston. The Second World War, 6 vols. London: Cassell & Co., 1948-54.
8vo. 6 vols.; original black cloth, spine lettered in gilt, in original dust-jackets; decorative endpapers; top edges red, illustrated with maps and diagrams, some folding; retaining much of the red colour to the upper edge, and colour to the spines of jackets, these are superior examples;; all jackets unclipped; some light marks to edges and a few small spots within each volume; the black cloth underneath also unfaded; a few small nicks and short closed tears to head and foot of spines, one or two to the upper edge of jacket; some of the red lettering to the jacket of Vol II faded; Vol IV a touch bowed; still very good (and for some, near-fine) examples.
First editions of all six volumes. With errata note in Vol I as called for.
The set covers the period from the end of the First World War to July 1945. Throughout the course of the war, Churchill had kept regular minutes and memoranda which proved highly useful to him as he began the mammoth task of setting all his thoughts onto paper. Unknown to many at the time, he had also agreed to a deal with Clement Atlee's Labour government, which allowed him and his assistants on the project access to all necessary documents, provided that no official secrets were revealed, such as the work of the code breakers at Bletchley Park, or the planning of the atomic bomb. In this way the work is a comprehensive, although biased and in part incomplete memoir.
Churchill labelled the "moral of the work" as follows: "In War: Resolution, In Defeat: Defiance, In Victory: Magnanimity, In Peace: Goodwill".
One of the most uptogether sets we have seen in recent years.