Purnell’s History of the Second World War
PITT, ed.], [Barrie
FIRST EDITION EXTENDED SET COMPLETE IN BINDERS
Published: Purnell [in association with the Imperial War Museum], [1966-68]
Stock code: 42112
128 weekly parts in 8 vols., roy. 8vo., First Edition, profusely illustrated in colour and monochrome throughout; all original parts (including original wrappers) housed in black rexine binders labelled in yellow, a very good, bright, clean set.
Purnell's mammoth endeavour is arguably the crowning achievement of the 'partwork' fashion of the late 60s. Produced in collaboration with the Imperial War Museum, edited by Barrie Pitt and written by a host of eminent historians, scholars and veterans, the series is equally fortunate in having Liddell-Hart as editor-in-chief. Produced in 'magazine' format, the work as a whole makes full use of its size and space to create a lucid, vivid and valuable account of the conflict. The number, choice and quality of the photographs, illustrations and diagrams are worthy of special mention. The series was conceived originally as 96 weekly parts in six volumes, but towards the end of the series the publisher announced that the work would be extended by a further 32 parts in two volumes to cover the wider consequences of the conflict, including the birth of the nuclear era, the foundation of the UN, and other events which shaped the post-war world. This continuation proved of limited appeal to the established readership, for extended sets are far less common than the original compilation. COMPLETE EXTENDED SETS IN THIS FORMAT AND CONDITION ARE SCARCE