The Second World War, in French by Winston Churchill, signed by Churchill

Posted on Jan 7, 2018

Winston S.Churchill – Signed by Churchill

CHURCHILL, Winston S. [The Second World War, in French] La Deuxième Guerre Mondiale.Paris: Libraire Plon, Paris, 1948–53
6 volumes (only, of 12; lacking v.1 pt.2, v.2 pt.2, v.3 pt.1, v.4 pt.1, v.5 pt.2 and v.6 pt.2), octavo. Original paper wrappers printed in red and black.

First French Editions, 6 volumes only of the complete set. Each volume signed or inscribed by the author; vol. 1 pt. 1 inscribed “Inscribed Winston S. Churchill 1948”; vol. 2 pt. 1 inscribed to Emery Reves and dated 1949, vol. 3 pt. 2 signed “Winston S. Churchill” and dated 1950; vol. 4 pt. 2 and vol. 5 pt. 1 signed WSChurchill; vol. 6 pt. 1 signed “Winston S. Churchill” and dated 1955.

Emery Reves was Churchill’s literary agent. Reves had been instrumental in promoting Churchill’s pre-War international profile by the world-wide syndication of many of his prophetic articles during the late ‘thirties. Their association blossomed again after the War when Reves negotiated the sale of the US rights for The Second World War, and purchased the international rights himself, selling serialization to twenty-seven newspapers across the globe and securing book rights in eleven European countries. Churchill said of this feat, “I am sure that no one could have done it except Reves who buzzed around the world for nearly a year making contracts.” They subsequently worked closely together on the book itself, Reves having what Martin Gilbert has described as “considerable editorial input”.

An exceptional presentation association.


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