London: George Newnes, 1933-34. [History] FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM. Preceded by the 26 serial magazine parts, constituting the first illustrated edition of Churchill's 'The World Crisis', with a brand new foreword by the author. In three volumes. Quarto (25 x 18 x 14cm), pp.iv; 512; iv; 513-1024; iv; 1025-1668. With numerous photographic illustrations throughout. Bound in dark blue half oasis morocco with raised bands, title labels, gilt 'rampant lion' motif to spine, blue cloth boards, top edges gilt. Clean within, bindings unmarked. A fine set in handsome recent leather bindings. This comprehensive account of the Great War is both analytical, and on occasions a justification from the author for his part in the proceedings. It is claimed that Churchill considered the work "not history, but a contribution to history." Since its publication both biographers and historians have considered it Churchill's masterpiece, eclipsing his better-known account 'The Second World War.' Indeed, T.E. Lawrence regarded the second volume, '1915', as "far and away the best war-book I've yet read." Item #54174
LANGWORTH, Richard M. "Guide to the Books of Winston S Churchill", p.118-120. See also WOODS, Frederick, "A Bibliography of the Works of Sir Winston Churchill", and Cohen.
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