Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography full set of 8 volumes

Churchill, R.S. & Martin Gilbert

Editorial: Heinemann, London, 1966-1988, 1st editions
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A complete set of the 8 text volumes of the Official Biography. Consists of Vol. I YOUTH 1874-1900, Vol. II YOUNG STATESMAN 1901-1914, Vol. III THE CHALLENGE OF WAR 1914-1916, Vol. IV THE STRICKEN WORLD 1917-1922, Vol. V THE PROPHET OF TRUTH 1922-1939, Vol. VI FINEST HOUR 1939-1941, Vol. VII ROAD TO VICTORY 1941-1945, Vol VIII NEVER DESPAIR 1945-1965. Over 8600 pages, lots of photos, comprehensive indices. All volumes now out of print and demand is climbing. A complete set of 8 volumes of the British first editions in uniform bindings. This is the preferred and most collectible set. All books are first printings, in the uniform maroon sailcloth, with solid colour dustwrappers. Here is a elected set with nice dustjackets. All books are crisp and unowrn, vols 3,4,and 6 have owner names on endpapers. All have good strong red color on top page edges. Dustjackets are correct, unclipped, good color on spines. Onmly vol 4 shows very slight sunning. Vols 2 and 3 have some minor wear along lower edges of dustjackets. (bio). N° de ref. de la librería

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Editorial: Heinemann, London, 1966-1988, 1st editions

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Randolph S. Churchill and Martin Gilbert
Editorial: Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston (1966)
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Descripción Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, 1966. Hardcover. First edition. This is a full, U.S. first edition set of the main text volumes of Winston Churchill’s Official Biography, signed by the author in three volumes. Volumes III and IV were both inscribed for the same Churchill enthusiast (from whom we acquired the set) during his visit at Sir Martin’s home on 9 April 2011. The inscription at the head of each title page reads: "To Todd, | with the author’s regards | Martin Gilbert". Lower on the Volume III title page Sir Martin inked "9 April 2011" and on the Volume IV lower title page "London | 9 April 2011". Volume VII – the volume that covers the 1941-1945 war years and the majority of Churchill’s wartime premiership, is one of five hundred first American editions issued with a limitation page preceding the half-title printed "THIS IS A SPECIAL SIGNED EDITION | LIMITED TO FIVE HUNDRED COPIES" and is signed directly below: "Martin Gilbert". The set features near fine or better volumes in dust jackets that vary from very good minus to near fine. The bindings are uniformly square, clean, and tight. All eight volumes are first edition, first printing. The contents show no spotting or previous ownership marks other than the aforementioned author’s inscriptions and signatures. The jackets are clean and complete, all eight retaining the publisher’s original front flap price. Apart from light wear to extremities, the only appreciable flaws are some scuffing to the Volume I hinges and rear fold, and sunning to the Volume III and Volume IV spines. All eight jackets are protected beneath removable, clear mylar covers. The Official Biography was begun by Winston’s son, Randolph Churchill (1911-1968), and completed by Sir Martin Gilbert (1936-2015). In 1962, at the age of 25, Martin Gilbert joined Churchill's biography team, then led by Churchill's son Randolph. Of what became his life's work, Gilbert says: "I'd thought I'd last four or five months." Instead, when Randolph died in 1968 with only two of the eight volumes completed, Gilbert took over, committing a substantial portion of his scholarship and life's work to documenting, comprehending, and communicating what Gilbert called the "remarkable and versatile life" of Winston Churchill. The result is an epic piece of scholarship about a singularly epic life. Both British and U.S. first editions of the eight main text volumes were originally published between 1966 and 1988. These substantial main text volumes comprise the narrative story of Churchill’s life. The British first editions were bound in solid red cloth. These U.S. editions were more elaborately bound, with tan linen spines over blue buckram boards with blue spine title blocks printed in red and gilt. The bindings also feature head and foot bands and red ruled transitions at the border between the tan linen and blue buckram. The final three volumes were issued in illustrated dust jackets, while the dust jackets of the first five volumes were issued in un-illustrated solid colors, similar to their British first edition counterparts. These eight U.S. first edition main text volumes make an impressive shelf presence, consuming 17 inches of shelf space and weighing 27 pounds. Each of the main text volumes was accompanied by additional scholarship in the form of either two or three volumes of documents, titled "Companion" volumes. Sixteen of these document volumes were completed before Sir Martin Gilbert’s death. Work on the document volumes for the final decades of Churchill’s life continues today under the aegis of Hillsdale College. Please note that this is a large and heavy set that will likely require additional postage. Bibliographic reference: Zoller A301a-h. Nº de ref. de la librería 004435

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