Title: The Second World War >>>All 1st Edition, 1st...
Publisher: Cassell, London
Publication Date: 1948
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Edition: 1st Edition6 volumes complete set of Cassell British 1st edition/1st printings, 1948-1954. Volume 1 with the 'Author's Note' tipped-in to p. ix and the 'Errata and Corrigenda' tipped-in at p. 610. A set in matching condition, all dust jackets are whole and unpriceclipped, clean with minor edge tears, mainly at spine ends. Red titling crisp and clear on front panels of all 6, red titling on spines is faded, almost unavoidable with this issue. All other spine titling clear and underneath the gilt is bright on sleek black cloth. Two or three of the boards have minor faint mottling and the odd dusky mark. Volume 1 inner hinge split but still holding firmly. Ink inscription on blank preliminary page of volume 2. All folding plates are crisp, pages clean, minor freckling on the fore-edge of vols I. The pink/red colouration of the top edges is uneven. A collectable first edition six volume set. Contents: v. 1. The Gathering Storm. -- v. 2. Their Finest Hour. -- v. 3. The Grand Alliance. -- v. 4. The Hinge of Fate. -- v. 5. Closing the Ring. -- v. 6. Triumph and Tragedy. Summary: Winston Churchill's six-volume history of the cataclysm that swept the world remains the definitive history of the Second World War. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable both for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction and is an enduring, compelling work that led to his being awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1953. Provenance: This copy was acquired from the descendants of Tony Hoolahan Q.C., a prominent libel lawyer who successfully prosecuted Private Eye, (represented by John Mortimer of Rumpole fame) on behalf of Desmond Wilcox (married to Esther Rantzen of "That's Life" fame) in 1982. A Christmas gift from his wife in their first year of marriage. Cohen A240.4(I-VI). a. Heavy set (approx. 5.4 Kg). Seller Inventory # 5100