THE SECOND WORLD WAR. Comprising: The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy.

First UK edition, first printing. Inscribed by Winston S. Churchill in "The Gathering Storm". Six volumes. Publisher's original black cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrappers. Each volume is in excellent near fine condition, the bindings clean and square, the contents without previous owner's names or stamps. Complete with the original rubbed and nicked dustwrappers which are a little faded to the spines, none of which are price-clipped. Retaining the original mailing carton from when the signed volume was sent to the recipient along with a typed letter signed. Dated 4th December 1948 and with the House of Commons oval blind stamp to the top right corner, Sir Arnold B. Gridley K.B.E. writes "My dear Jenkins, I was surprised to receive your letter of the 3rd when the post arrived a few moments ago. I did not know that Winston's Secretary had posted your book back to you direct, as when I left it in Winston's room I asked her to let me have it back. I therefore do not know whether he fulfilled my request, not only to autograph it, but to add "House of Commons" and date it. His Secretary told me that as he had hundreds of books submitted to him for his autograph he was disinclined to add anything but his name. I shall therefore be interested to know exactly what he did do in your case.... I got Winston's signature by swearing that you were one of his keenest supporters on the Clyde and one of the most vigorous workers on behalf of the Party...".

Inscribed by the author in black ink on the half title of volume one "Inscribed by / Winston S. Churchill [underlined] / 1948". A very attractive signed first edition set of Churchill's history of the Second World War. Provenance: R. G. Jenkins, Glasgow. (Woods A123(b)).

Stock code: 16065

£6,750

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