London: Thornton Butterworth, 1923-1931. [Military history] FIRST EDITIONS, a complete set. Six volumes. Octavo (24 x 16 x 29cm), pp.; 536; pp.557; ; pp.292; pp.x; 293-589; ; pp.474; ; pp.368. Publisher's navy cloth with gilt titles to spine, and blind stamped to upper boards. Light spotting to edges, with a little light spotting to preliminaries in some volumes. Black ink ownership to front free endpapers of volumes I, III, IV and VI, as well as a bookplate to front pastedown of volumes III, IV and VI, and a Danish bookseller's label to volume VI. Off-setting and spotting to endpapers of volumes III and IV. Some rubbing and light bumping to cloth; some volumes with a slight reading lean. Very good. 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 #52685
Woods A31(a); Langworth 103.
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