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The World Crisis: 1916-1918, Parts I & II by Winston S. Churchill - First edition, only printing - 1927 - from Churchill Book Collector and

The World Crisis: 1916-1918, Parts I & II

by Winston S. Churchill

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Toronto: Macmillan, 1927. First edition, only printing. Hardcover. This is the first Canadian edition of the third and fourth volumes of Churchill's acclaimed history of World War I. Churchill's history - which he titled "The World Crisis" - was published in six volumes between 1923 and 1931. Of The World Crisis, Churchill bibliographer Frederick Woods wrote: "The volumes contain some of Churchill's finest writing, weaving the many threads together with majestic ease, describing the massive battles in terms which fitly combine relish of the literary challenge with an awareness of the sombre tragedy of the events." Churchill was in a special position to write this history, having served both in the Cabinet and on the Front. He served as First Lord of the Admiralty from 1911 until 1915. After the failure in the Dardanelles and the slaughter at Gallipoli Churchill was scapegoated and forced to resign. Rather remarkably, he spent part of his political exile as a lieutenant colonel leading a battalion in the trenches. Before war's end, Churchill was exonerated and rejoined the Government, but the stigma would linger. Churchill may have meant for his history of the First World War to clear his name, but his six volume masterwork far exceeds this purpose. The events of these two volumes include Churchill's time at the Front and his return to the Cabinet. The Canadian issue of Churchill's World Crisis was published in Canada from the American plates and is very similar in appearance. However, Canadian editions are quite considerably more scarce than either their British or U.S. first edition counterparts. Here is a very good set of the third and fourth volumes, 1916-1918, Parts I & II. The maroon cloth bindings remain clean and tight. We note minor but uniform toning to the spines, which nonetheless retain distinct gilt and quite respectable overall appearance, with light wear to the spine ends and a little unobtrusive dimpling to the spine cloth. The covers remain bright with only trivial wear confined to the corners. The contents remain clean, age-toned but with no spotting. Even the untrimmed fore edges remain clean. The sole previous ownership mark is the bookplate of David N. Weisstub (born 1944) affixed to each front pastedown. Weisstub is a noted professor of legal psychiatry and biomedical ethics at Universite de Montreal, the honorary life president of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health, and the editor-in-chief of its International Journal of Law and Psychiatry. He has been made a Chevalier of the Legion d’honneur in France, a Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion, and Grand Ufficiale in Italy, and his bookplate bears images of the medals for these three honors. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A69.3(III-1&2), Woods/ICS A31(ac), Langworth p.109.

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