CHURCHILL, Winston S. Eight galley proofs of The Second World War used by Denis Kelly to create the 1959 Abridged Edition under Churchill's supervision. Together 77 pages, foolscap (some staining, rust marks at corners). Extensively annotated by Denis Kelly. Each galley initialed "K" in pencil with one initialed "H" (Alan Hodge). With Kelly's 6-volume set of The Second World War used to create the abridgement. A mixed set of U.K. and U.S. editions (v.1, 4th English ed.; vols. 2-3 U.S. eds., without d/j; v.4, 2d English ed.; vols. 5-6 1st English ed.). Dust jackets chipped, some pages excised or detached from v.6.
THE GALLEYS AND VOLUMES USED FOR THE ABRIDGED EDITION OF CHURCHILL'S Second World War MEMOIRS
The galleys comprise: five loose sheets of tables of contents with annotations as to word counts for each chapter; Chapter 1 (from volume 1, Book 1): "The Follies of the Victors;" Chapter 2: "Peace at Its Zenith, 1922-1931;" Chapter 3, "Adolf Hitler;" Chapter 4: "The Locust Years;" Chapter 5, "The Darkening Scene;" Chapter 3 (from volume 2, Book 4), "Relations With Vichy and Spain;" and Chapter 10 (from volume 3, Book 4), "The Fate of the Bismarck." This edition contains an interesting Epilogue by Churchill that ranges across the historic events of the postwar years: his Iron Curtain speech, Soviet relations and the nuclear threat, Korea, Vietnam, India and the conflicts between Israelis and Arabs: "Ever since the Balfour declaration of 1917 I have been a faithful supporter of the Zionist cause." He decries the Jewish violence against British Mandate officials and soldiers as "an odious act of ingratitude." But his harshest words are for the Arabs who "profess irreconcilable hostility to the new State...Both honour and wisdom demand that the State of Israel should be preserved..."
Kelly received the not very munificent sum of £2,000 for the gargantuan labor of reducing Churchill's six volumes and 2 million words into a single volume of almost 1,100 pages and 436,000 words. At times he was overwhelmed. "It has been hard going," he reported to Churchill, "rather like killing someone else's child." But the abridgement was well received and served, as historian David Reynolds wrote, "to weld Churchill's name, image and words ever more firmly onto World War II" (In Command of History, 513).