The Second World War, 6 vols

CHURCHILL, Sir Winston. The Second World War, 6 vols.

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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; light compression to spine tips; a little spotting to edges and prelims; some bindings a little shaky; previous ownership name in ink to ffeps; jackets with some nicks, chips and internal tape repairs, spines evenly toned; one or two clipped, sometimes roughly; some pencil markings to spine of Vol II; dark stain to lower corner of text bloth; some damp marking to the lower edge of Vol III; previous ownership name in ink crossed out to front paste-down of Vol IV; spines of jackets to the final three volumes with some water flecks; Vol V jacket a little more worn, one small hole to spine internally repaired, with a little loss to upper panel and foot of spine; small dark stain to jacket spine/upper panel of Vol VI. A good to very good set, all in the original dust jackets.
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".

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