"We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it": First Editions of Winston Churchills Masterpiece The Second World War
The Second World War: The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy.
Churchill, Winston S.
Item Number: 28062
London: Cassell & Co, 1948-54.
First editions of Winston Churchill’s masterpiece. Octavo, six volumes. Bound in three-quarters red morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, top edge gilt, maps present. In fine condition.
"Winston Churchill himself affirmed that this is not history: this is my case" (Holmes, 285). Churchill was re-elected to the post of Prime Minister in 1951. "The Second World War is a great work of literature, combining narrative, historical imagination and moral precept in a form that bears comparison with that of the original master chronicler, Thucydides. It was wholly appropriate that in 1953 Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature" (Keegan). Named by Modern Library as one of the 100 best non-fiction books of the twentieth century. It placed number one on the 100 best non-fiction books of the twentieth century by National Review magazine.
Other Books by this Author
“ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT TREATISES ON WAR THAT HAS EVER BEEN WRITTEN”: THE WORLD CRISIS, FULL FIRST EDITION SET IN ORIGINAL CLOTH, INSCRIBED BY CHURCHILL IN VOLUME V TO THE Ist VISCOUNT BRENTFORD, William Joynson-Hicks
The World Crisis 1911-1914; The World Crisis 1915; The World Crisis 1916-1918 Part One and Part Two; The World Crisis. The Aftermath; The World Crisis. The Eastern Front.
London: Thornton Butterfield, 1923-31.
First British editions of Churchill’s important history of World War I. Octavo, six volumes, original blue cloth. Illustrated throughout with maps and charts. Errata slips to volumes I and IV present. Volume V is inscribed by Churchill to Sir William Joynson Hicks, “Jix from Winston, 1 Mar 1929.” The recipient Sir William Joynson, known to his friends as “Jix” was a Conservative Party politician. He first attracted attention in 1908 when he defeated Winston Churchill, a Liberal Cabinet Minister at the time, in a by-election for the seat of North-West Manchester. He best known as a long-serving Home Secretary in Stanley Baldwin’s Second Government from 1924 to 1929. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities. A very nice association of an important work, scarce signed.
Black and White Rotary Photograph of Winston Churchill, while he was the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies. Boldly Signed “Winston S. Churchill 1905.” Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13.5 inches by 11.75 inches.
One page typescript letter signed by Winston S. Churchill while serving as a member of Parliament. On 11, Morpeth Mansions, Westminster stationary dated 26th October, 1936. “My dear Ambassador,” His Excellency the Soviet Ambassador, I am in London all this week, but I am grieved to find every single luncheon and dinner is already engaged. I should be very glad however if you would be as kind as to come to 11, Morpeth Mansions on Wednesday afternoon at 6 o’clock, if that will be convenient. If not let me fix some other time. “Yours, Winston S. Churchill.” Churchill has been underlined in blue crayon. The recipient, Ivan Maisky, served as the Soviet ambassador to London between 1932 and 1943 where he established friendships with Sydney and Beatrice Webb, George Bernard Shaw and may figures on the Conservative right including Churchill. Double matted and framed, opposite of a photograph of Churchill. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 15.75 inches.
"you must not hate your friends more than you hate your enemies”: Winston and Clementine Churchill and Anthony Eden Signed Guestbook
Guest book page signed by Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill and his wife, Clementine Churchill. Additionally signed by Prime Minister Anthony Eden and his first wife Beatrice Beckett, Mary Spenser-Churchill (the youngest of the five Churchill children), and Walter Kirke, the Commander in Chief of the British Home Forces during the Second World War. The signatures were obtained at an ice hockey match in which all six were in attendance at the Empire Pool and Sports Arena in London on Februray 24th 1940. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 24 inches. Rare and desirable signed by the Churchill’s and Anthony Eden.
One page typescript letter signed by Winston S. Churchill while serving as a member of Parliament. On Chartwell, Westerham, Kent stationary dated 14th Novemnber, 1936. “My dear Ambassador,” His Excellency the Soviet Ambassador, I am very much obliged to you for your long and interesting letter, and for the information and assurances which it contains. I hope that you read my speech in Hansard where it was fully reported, and that you will give as much weight to the latter part of my reference to your Government as to the former. This, I am sure, was the effect produced upon the greater part of my hearers. Once more thanking you, Believe me, “Yours, Winston S. Churchill.” Churchill’s surname has been underlined in red crayon. The recipient, Ivan Maisky, served as the Soviet ambassador to London between 1932 and 1943 where he established friendships with Sydney and Beatrice Webb, George Bernard Shaw and may figures on the Conservative right including Churchill. In near fine condition with two hole punches to the left side of the letter and a small closed tear to the bottom left corner. Double matted and framed with a black and white photograph of Churchill. The entire piece measures 15.5 inches by 14.5 inches. A nice association.
“I drink a great deal. I sleep a little, and I smoke cigar after cigar": rare La Corona cigar partially smoked by former british prime minister winston s. churchill; accompanied by a signed photograph of him smoking that very cigar
Exceptionally rare La Corona cigar partially smoked by one of the most iconic figures of the 20th century, Winston S. Churchill, bearing his own label. Accompanied by a black and white photograph of Churchill smoking that very cigar at Le Bourget Airport in Paris, France, boldly signed by him, “Winston S. Churchill.” The partially-smoked cigar was retrieved by Corporal William Alan Turner, Air Squadron Transport Command, who was a member of the cabin crew that flew Winston and Clementine Churchill to and from Northolt and Paris on May 11th, 1947. It was during this trip that Churchill was awarded France’s highest military honor, the Medaille Militaire. Corporal Turner retrieved the cigar from an ashtray “…and took the remains into protective custody” (as is noted in his included pencil annotations) after he took the accompanying candid photograph from the doorway of the plane just before Churchill boarded to return to Northolt. Turner later sent the photograph to the House of Commons with the request that Churchill sign and return it. Additionally accompanied is a letter from Churchill’s secretary dated 1st July, 1949, returning the signed photograph “…which Mr. Churchill has had much pleasure in signing.” The cigar measures 4 inches long, retaining the “La Corona Winston Churchill Habana” red-and gold-label. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 28.5 inches. An exceptional piece of history with noted photographic provenance.
"It is the primary right of men to die and kill for the land they live in": First Edition Set of Winston Churchills Classic A History of the English-Speaking Peoples; Signed by Him in Volumes Two and Three
London: Cassell and Company, 1956-1958.
First British editions of each of the four volumes of this set of Churchill’s classic history. Octavo, original cloth, 4 volumes. Volumes two and three are signed by Winston Churchill on the title page. Each are near fine in the original dust jackets that show light toning. Housed in a custom slipcase. An exceptional set, rare and desirable signed.
One page autograph note signed by Winston S. Churchill as a member of Parliament. On Colonial Office stationary, Churchill has composed a list of names in black ink: “Murray, Chalmers, Roseberry, Asquith, Prime Minister, Grey,” and dated and signed “[Colonial Office] ’07 W.S.Churchill.” Churchill served as Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies from December 1905 until the 1906 general election in which he won the Parliamentary seat of Manchester North West. He held his position in Parliament until 1908 when he was promoted to the Cabinet as President of the Board of Trade. Names mentioned in the note include Herbert Henry Asquith who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1908 to 1916 and the Viscount Grey of Fallodon who served Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs from 1905 to 1916. Double matted and framed opposite a black and white photograph of Churchill. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 18 inches. Rare and desirable.
"To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often": Winston Churchills Collected Works; 38 Volumes In Full Vellum In the Original Slipcases
London: Library of Imperial History In association With Charles Scribner's Sons and The Hamlyn Publishing Group Limited, 1973-76.
Centenary limited edition of Churchill’s Complete Works, one of only 3000 sets produced. Octavo, original full vellum, 38 volumes. Boards gilt-stamped with the Churchill arms, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, original dark green slipcases, also gilt-stamped with the Churchill coat of arms. In fine condition in the fine original slipcases. A beautiful set.
"We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it": First Editions of Winston Churchills Masterpiece The Second World War; Volume V Inscribed and dated by Him in the Year of Publication
The Second World War: The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy.
London: Cassell & Company, 1948-54.
First editions of Churchill’s World War II masterpiece. Six Volumes, octavo, original black cloth, patterned endpapers. Signed and dated by the author on the half-title page, “Winston Churchill 1959” of volume five. Each are fine in near fine dust jackets. A very sharp set.
"It is my hope to recall this great shade from the past, and not only invest him with his panoply, but make him living and intimate to modern eyes": First Editions of Marlborough: His Life and Times; Volume Three Inscribed by Winston Churchill
London: George G. Harrap & Company, 1933-38.
First editions of each volume. Octavo, 4 volumes, original cloth, with hundreds of maps and plans (many folding), plates and document facsimiles, top edge gilt. Volume 3 is inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “Hailsham from Winston October 1936.” The recipient, Quintin McGarel Hogg, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone was an avid conservative and supporter of Churchill. Throughout his long political career, he held the positions of Conservative MP for Oxford and St Marylebone, Chairman of the Conservative Party, Minister of the State of Education and Science, and served two terms as Lord Chancellor between 1970-74 and 1979-87. Hailsham most notably supported Churchill in the significant Norway Debate of May 1940 which directly resulted in the formation of Churchill’s coalition government and his governance of Britain until the end of World War II. Fine in the original dust jackets which are in very good to near fine condition. A very nice association.
"China, with her five thousand years of history, her vast territory and her enormous population stands like a mountain peak among the nations of the world": Photographic View Book of China, Manchuria, and Korea during the period of Japanese occupation
Japan: c. 1930.
First edition, oblong quarto, original boards. Gilt-lettered cloth, string-bound. Text in Japanese with captions in both Chinese and English. Illustrated with photographs throughout, large folding panorama of the Great Wall of China; folding map of Korea, Manchuria and portions of northeastern China. A unique record of history.
First Editions of Each Book in Andrew Lang's Fairy Books; Each Bound Uniformly by Sangorski and Sutcliffe
The Fairy Books: Blue (1889); Red (1890); Green (1892); Yellow (1894); Pink; (1897); Grey (1900); Violet (1901); Crimson (1903); Brown (1904); Orange (1906); Olive (1907); Lilac (1910) [with The Blue Poetry Book (1891); The True Story Book (1893); The Red True Story Book (1895); The Animal Story Book (1896); The Arabian Nights Entertainments (1898); The Red Book of Animal Stories (1899); The Book of Romance (1902); The Red Romance Book (1905)].
London: Longmans, Green & Company, 1889-1910.
First editions of each volume in Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books: Blue (1889); Red (1890); Green (1892); Yellow (1894); Pink; (1897); Grey (1900); Violet (1901); Crimson (1903); Brown (1904); Orange (1906); Olive (1907); Lilac (1910) (12 volumes), along with eight of his other works: The Blue Poetry Book (1891); The True Story Book (1893); The Red True Story Book (1895); The Animal Story Book (1896); The Arabian Nights Entertainments (1898); The Red Book of Animal Stories (1899); The Book of Romance (1902); The Red Romance Book (1905). Bound in full leather by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, each volume with a different motif to the front and rear panel, all edges gilt, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, book marks. Each volume bound with the original cloth spine and front panel. With numerous illustrations by H. J. Ford. In near fine condition with a few volumes with some light cracking at the hinges. An exceptional set bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe.
Philadelphia: C. Sherman, 5605, 1845-46.
First edition of the “first English translation of the Pentateuch in America,” the 1845 Hebrew-English Bible by one of the most prominent and influential figures in American Jewish history. Octavo, 5 volumes. Translated by Isaac Leeser. Bound in contemporary polished calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, rebacked. Lightly rubbed, moderate wear. A very nice example of a scarce and important work.
Beautiful Britain Complete Set: Wessex, Channel Islands, Ireland, English Lakes, Oxford, Scenery of London, Happy England, Surrey, Familiar London, Warwickshire, Bonnie Scotland, Cambridge, Sussex, Vanishing London, and Wales.
London: Cambridge Corporation and A&C Black, 1906.
First edition of the complete set of Beautiful Britain. Octavo, 15 volumes, original pebbled leather, gilt titles to the spine and front panel, top edge gilt. Each volume with illustrated color frontispiece and numerous illustrated color plates, 6 volumes with folding maps at rear. Each volume profusely illustrated by a different artist. With an inscription on blank page at the front of the Ireland volume: “Elmwood. Presented from the Library of the Hon. Thomas Ahearn.” Volumes Include: Wessex, Channel Islands, Ireland, English Lakes, Oxford, Scenery of London, Happy England, Surrey, Familiar London, Warwickshire, Bonnie Scotland, Cambridge, Sussex, Vanishing London, and Wales. In near fine condition. Rarely found as a complete set.