London: George Newnes, 1933. [Great War] First illustrated edition of the World Crisis with a new forward by Churchill. The 26 original fortnightly parts. Generally in excellent condition, with some occasional rubbing and fraying, fragile paper spines with some wear as expected, though light. The magazines are contained in an elegant fleece-lined book-style drop-back box in dark blue morocco with raised bands, gilt titles to spines, cloth sides. A superb presentation. 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." This illustrated version was later issued in book form in 3 volumes. Item #57188
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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