London: George Newnes, 1933-34. [History] FIRST ILLUSTRATED 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. Complete in three volumes. Large octavo (25 x 18 x 14cm), pp.iv; 512; iv; 513-1024; iv; 1025-1668. With numerous photographic illustrations throughout. In the regular royal blue cloth 'Standard' binding with gilt titles and decoration to spines, and gilt titles and blind decoration to uppers. Spotting to endpapers, and toning and marks to edges. Fairly light wear to volume I, with some soiling and dulled gilt to upper. Volumes II and III tobacco scented, with library bookplates to front pastedowns, washed library marks to copyright pages, minor adhesive marks to lower parts of spines and boards, and toning and extra wear to spines. Becoming scare. 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." This illustrated version was also issued in various other publisher's bindings: The 'Library Binding' of half crimson morocco which originally retailed at 8s per vol.; the 'Standard Binding' in royal blue cloth with gilt designs (5s per vol.); and two further red cloth bindings, one a plain/cheaper publisher binding and the other likely a private binding in a simple style. Item #57937
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