Complete book set: The Second World War, Volumes I-VI. First British editions. London: Cassell and Co. Ltd., 1948-1954. Hardcovers with dust jackets, 6 x 8.5. Beautifully signed and inscribed on a free end page in the second volume in fountain pen, "To Alan Lascelles, from Winston S. Churchill, 1949." Autographic condition: fine, with a light diagonal crease to the signed page. Overall book condition: VG+/VG+, with Lascelles' bookplate and a facsimile signature of Churchill affixed to the front pastedown of the second volume. Lascelles was a British courtier and civil servant who rose to the position of private secretary to both King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II, holding that office from 1943 to 1953.
As Britain's prime minister for most of the Second World War, Winston Churchill had an unparalleled perspective on the conflict. After leaving office in 1945, he produced this remarkable account, which holds a very high place in the ranks of nonfiction books of the 20th century. The comprehensive series was a major success in both Great Britain and the United States, and was largely responsible for his being awarded the 1953 Nobel Prize for Literature 'for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values.'
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