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. Bound in navy half morocco with raised bands, spine gilt-lettered and ruled in six compartments, 'lion rampant' motif, matching cloth over boards also ruled in gilt. Top edges gilt; others lightly trimmed. Clean within, bindings unmarked. A fine set in handsome recent leather bindings. 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 #62265
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