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    Volume I Signed by Churchill

    Winston S. Churchill. The World Crisis. London: Thornton Butterworth Limited, [1923-1931]. First edition. Volume I signed by Churchill and dated 1923. Five octavo volumes in six. 536; 557; 292; [293]-589; 474; 368 pages. Illustrated with numerous maps and charts. Full blue cloth with blindstamped titles and ruling to front cover with gilt-stamped titles and blindrule to spine. Some rubbing to covers and extremities. Light shelfwear with a few bumped corners; somewhat affecting top corner of text block in Volume One. Some light occasional foxing to page edges and throughout with some toning to endpapers. Some volumes have bookseller's ticket. One with armorial bookplate to front pastedown. Volume I with neat contemporary ownership signature and gift inscription. Otherwise, a very good set with Churchill's sought-after signature. From the James and Deborah Boyd Collection.

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    Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965) was one of the most prolific writers of all time. The World Crisis, which covers World War I and its aftermath, was the first of his mammoth, multi-volume narrative histories which also include The Second World War (six volumes, 1948-53) and A History of the English-Speaking Peoples (4 volumes, 1956-58, but which he had begun writing during the 1930s). These ambitious works earned him the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953. The World Crisis was sparked by attacks on Churchill in the memoirs of Reginald Brett, 2nd Viscount Esher, a British historian and Liberal politician, but eventually was expanded into a multi-volume history. The book blends military, diplomatic and political history with Churchill's own justifications for his policies during World War I, therefore being more useful as a biographical work than a historical one. Nonetheless, The World Crisis is a substantial literary achievement and, like Churchill's other works, a great read. These beautiful volumes are in near fine condition with some yellowing of the paper but no real flaws on the endpapers or bindings. Woods A31(a).

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