GREAT WAR

(London: George Newnes, 1933-34).

SCARCE AND IMPORTANT FIRST EDITION AND THE FIRST ILLUSTRATED PRINTING OF Churchill's history of World War I, originally issued (in the illustrated edition) in twenty-six fortnightly parts. This set is made of the parts and bound in publisher’s decorated cloth binding gilt extra.
Churchill begins his history of World War I by stating, “The causes of Armageddon lay deep in European history...Hatreds which had slumbered for centuries burst from their tombs, and nations which apparently had no concern in the main quarrel hastened eagerly to join one side or the other...Our tale therefore recounts the greatest of human catastrophes since the decline and fall of ancient Rome.” (foreword) This history was received with great critical acclaim: “‘By far and away the greatest contribution to the history of the war; the only one which combines the gifts of the historian and born writer with the profound experiences and direct knowledge of one of the prime movers of events.’” (J.M. Keynes); “‘This is the best piece of historical writing that the war has yet produced.’” (Sunday Timews); and “‘The book is not merely a footnote to history--it is history itself’” (Daily Express). Item #31680

3 volumes. First edition, being the first illustrated edition of "The World Crisis." With a profusion of illustrations including maps, photographs and charts and drawings. Large 8vo, publisher’s original bright royal blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt and blind on the covers and spines. 512; 513-1024; 1025-1653, index pp. A fine and very handsome set, bright and clean both inside and out, an especially pleasing copy.

Price: $795.00