London: Cassell and Company, 1941-1946. [Speeches] LEATHER-BOUND FIRST EDITIONS, all first impressions ('Into Battle' is a first state). Complete in seven volumes, with the final two volumes bound together as one. Octavo (22 x 14 x 19cm). Includes several half-tone plates. Handsomely bound in navy half calf, with twin red morocco title labels and gilt lion motifs to spines, raised bands, matching cloth over boards, and top edges gilt. Wartime paper is clean with just a little of the usual spotting, brown marks to margin of pp.170-171 of volume one, exteriors unmarked. A near 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 #63012
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