London: Thornton Butterworth, 1923-31. [Military history] SMARTLY BOUND 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. With errata slips, illustrated with black and white plates and folding maps. Recent green half calf with raised bands, gilt titles to red labels on spines, and matching green cloth over boards. Top edges gilt; others lightly trimmed. Crisp and clean but for the following: Light spotting to edges and preliminaries of volume II; heavier spotting to edges and preliminaries of volume IV; spotting and offsetting to preliminaries of volume VI, with a tear to the join of the final map. 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 #53605
Woods A31(a); Langworth 103.
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