First edition of Twenty-Five Years 1892-1916, by Viscount Grey of Fallodon.
Octavo, [two volumes], xxx, , 331pp; ix, , 353pp. Blue cloth, title stamped in gilt. Gilt top edge. Stated “Published, September, 1925” on copyright page. Both volumes in fine condition, appear unread, some unopened leaves. In near fine dust jackets, retail price on front flap, faint soiling to panels, chip to back panel of Volume I, both near fine examples.
“The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time.” – (Grey, Twenty-Five Years, vol. II, pg. 20). Sir Edward Grey, First Viscount Grey of Fallodon (1862-1933) was a British statesman and the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs from 1905-1916, the longest serving foreign secretary in British history. Quotes from his memoir would later be used by historians as an allegory for the WWI era, including Winston Churchill, who referenced the tenure of Grey at the onset of World War II.