London: Cassell and Company, 1941-6. [History] COMPLETE WAR SPEECHES IN FIRST EDITION, smartly bound. Seven volumes bound as six (the thinner volumes Victory and Secret Sessions bound together). Octavo (22 x 14 x 19cm). Includes several half-tone plates. Handsomely bound in dark green half morocco, with gilt titles and gilt lion motifs to spines, raised bands, matching cloth boards, and top edges gilt. Wartime paper is clean and generally free of the usual spotting, exteriors unmarked. A fine set in an attractive recent leather binding. A monumental collection of orations from Britain's wartime leader. 'Into Battle' contains the most memorable Churchill speeches of the war, from 'Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat' to his heroic homecoming at Harrow School. 'Unrelenting Struggle' covers the period from Nov '40 through Pearl Harbour and the 'some chicken, some neck' speech in Ottawa, Dec.'41. 'End of the Beginning' chronicles the turning point of the war, following victories at Alamein and Stalingrad, and the North Africa landings. 'Onwards' features speeches delivered prior to the invasion of Europe on 6 June '44. 'Liberation' continues the 'hopeful' nature of the 1944 speeches, whilst 'Victory' provides us with the final, triumphant war speeches. Six 'secret' speeches concludes the series. Item #58768
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