War Memoirs - David Lloyd George 1933 to 1936 - Ivor Nicholson & Watson, London - First Editions A bright near fine six volume set of Lloyd George’s War Memoirs, from 1908 and the ‘Brewing of the Storm’ to the Armistice and 1919 Paris Peace Conference, with illustrations and a comprehensive appendix and index.

War Memoirs
‘immediately made a major impact which has proved enduring. They have been heavily quarried and extensively cited and quoted by political and military historians and biographers ever since as first-hand evidence in relation to the seminal events and key personalities of the First World War. They aroused notably strong reactions when first published in the 1930s both from press critics in their reviews and from the wider reading public at large. The outspoken, vehement attacks on the generals of the Great War aroused particular condemnation, but there were also favourable comments from critics and reviewers on the thoroughness of the underlying research, the detailed documentation and the captivating literary style.’ – J. Graham Jones, The Lloyd George War Memoirs (2011).
  ‘Lloyd George gave a copy of the War Memoirs to his private secretary Frances Stevenson. Inside it bore an inscription in his handwriting, ‘To Frances, without whose sympathetic help and understanding I could not have carried through the burden of the terrible tasks whose story is related in these volumes’. As a historical source, the Lloyd George War Memoirs have certainly stood the test of time primarily because of the mass of documentary evidence which they contain. They were primarily Lloyd George’s own personal view of the events of the First World War, a justification of his own actions and to defend his record between 1914 and 1918 against his numerous critics and detractors, telling us much of Lloyd George the man and Lloyd George the politician. Students of the Great War should use them liberally, but certainly use them with great caution.’ – J. Graham Jones, The Lloyd George War Memoirs (2011).


‘1911 was a hectic year. Lloyd George was responsible for the National Insurance Act that year, which laid the foundations of the modern welfare state. Also in 1911 Lloyd George made his famous Mansion House speech, in which he warned Germany that Britain would not tolerate interference with its international interests.

With the outbreak of the First World War, Lloyd George served in Asquith's coalition war cabinet, as minister for munitions and as secretary for war. Unhappy with Asquith's conduct of the war, and ambitious, he connived with the Conservatives to oust Asquith, succeeding him as Prime Minister on 7 December 1916. This episode caused a split in the party from which it never entirely recovered; along with Asquith several other prominent Liberals resigned from the government.

A capable wartime leader, bold and aggressive, Lloyd George often found himself coming into conflict with Sir Douglas Haig, whom he did not trust. In particular, Lloyd George found the cost in human terms of Haig's battles to be reprehensible. Lloyd George also often found himself in disagreement with the Chief of the Imperial Staff, General Robertson.

One of Lloyd George's greatest achievements during the war was in combating the growing German submarine menace, which in early 1917 threatened to starve Britain into submission. He achieved this by forcing the adoption of the convoy system upon a reluctant Admiralty (which included the abrupt dismissal of Sir John Jellicoe on Christmas Eve 1917).

At the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, Lloyd George exercised a moderating influence on both the harsh demands of Georges Clemenceau and the idealistic proposals of Woodrow Wilson, and to a large extent shaped the final agreement, although he later concluded that the treaty was a failure, predicting renewed war within twenty years. Immediately following the conference Lloyd George was awarded the Order of Merit by the King.’

– Who’s Who, [FirstWorldWar.com]


Six large (22.7 x 15.5 cm) octavo volumes. pp. xix [1] [erratum slip] [2] 529 [1]; xv [3] 531-1038; xxiii [3] 1039-1726; xviii [2] 1727-2439 [1]; xiii [3] 2441-3068; xxi [3] 3069-3531 [1]. Publisher’s blue cloth, spines lettered in gilt, facsimile signature of LLoyd George in gilt to front panels, top edges stained blue.

First editions, published as follows - September 1933; October 1933; September 1934; October 1934; September 1936; November 1936.
  Condition: Near fine to fine, some light rubbing to one or two volumes, spines moderately sunned.   Ref: 108325   Price: HK$ 6,800