London: Thornton Butterworth Limited, 1923-1931. 6 large volumes; FIRST EDITIONS. I: pp.(vi) + 536, II: pp.577, III: pp.(x) + 589, IV: pp.474, V: pp.368, VI: pp.368. Errata slips to vols. I and IV present. The vol.I is INSCRIBED and SIGNED by Churchill and dated 1935 on first blank. Illustrated throughout with maps and charts (many folding). The volume has been recased in a first issue cloth binding. The gilt to spines is bright. Overall a lovely and sound set of this history of the first world war in the original cloth. The final volume was printed in fewer numbers than the rest. Complete sets of this work in their original cloth binding are getting difficult to obtain. This comprehensive account of the War is both analytical and on occasions justification from the author for his part in the proceedings. It is claimed that Churchill suggested this work was "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'; T.E. Lawrence regarded the second volume, 1915, as "far and away the best war-book I've yet read" Item #39194
Woods A31(a). Langworth 103.