6 December 2013
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Second World War: The Gathering Storm. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1948.
8o. Original red cloth (facsimile dust jacket), top edges yellow-brown.
FIRST EDITION, third issue. Inscribed and signed on the front flyleaf of volume 1, "To Ava from Winston S. Churchill, 1948." Ava Anderson was the widow of Ralph Wigram, the government official who supplied Churchill covertly with crucial air ministry reports during the late 1930s. This U.S. edition preceded by six months the English edition issued by Cassels. Houghton and Mifflin was unwilling to wait for the numerous revisions Churchill insisted on making. Woods A123(a). (6)
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