London: Thornton Butterworth, 1923-31, [Military history] FIRST EDITIONS. 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. Publisher's blue cloth titled in gilt to spine. Occasional toning or light marking within, covers lightly handled, some shelfwear, discreet ownership to pastedown of final volume. A very good set indeed. 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 #61656
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