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
Título: Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography...
Editorial: Heinemann, London, 1966-1988, 1st editions
Descripción William Heinemann Ltd., London, 1966. Hardcover. First editions. This is a full, British first edition set of the Official Biography of Winston S. Churchill, signed by the author in the final main text volume. The author’s signature is inked in blue just below his printed name on the Volume VIII title page. 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 the 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. The British first editions of the eight main text volumes were originally published between 1966 and 1988. Each of the first six main text volumes was accompanied by either two or three volumes of documents, titled "Companion" volumes. Under Sir Martin’s authorship, 16 of these document volumes were completed (with documents spanning 1874-1941). While additional documents volumes for the balance of the official biography will be issued in the U.S. by Hillsdale College under different authorship, a full British first edition set will remain limited to the 24 volumes offered here. All 24 British first edition volumes, comprising the eight main text volumes and the 16 documents volumes, weigh 84 pounds and command 4 feet 8 inches of shelf space. This full British first edition set of 24 volumes features near fine volumes and dust jackets. The volumes all remain square and tight, with clean, bright contents. We find no ownership marks apart from the author’s Volume VIII signature and the sticker of the venerable London bookseller Henry Sotheran Ltd. on the lower Volume I front pastedown. Of note, laid in at the Volume I endpapers is a 1997 Sales Invoice, indicating that Sotheran sold this set at the time, absent the final War Papers documents volume (not yet published) and the signed Volume VIII for 2,370 British Pounds. We find no spotting in the set. The first 21 volumes were issued with red topstain, which varied in hue over the 22 years spanning publication. Just a few volumes – notably the Volume V Companions – show appreciable sunning of the topstain. The dust jackets are complete, with no losses. Of note, all eight main text volumes feature uniform, solid color dust jackets and uniform red cloth bindings with red topstain. (The final three volumes were also issued in a cheaper "popular edition" with illustrated dust jackets, different color bindings, and no red topstain.) Shelf presentation is excellent. All eight main text volume dust jackets retain bright, unfaded spine color, including the highly fade-prone jackets of Volumes III, IV, V, and VII. Also worthy of note, the red dust jackets of the three War Papers (the final three British first edition document volumes) are also unfaded. The fade prone spine subtitles of the all of the white-jacketed document volumes remain clearly legible. All dust jackets are unclipped, retaining the original flap prices, with the sole exception of main text Volume V. The lower front flap of the first edition dust jacket originally featured two prices, an introductory price "until February 28th, 1977" with a higher price above. Only the introductory price has been clipped, the higher price remaining intact. Each of the dust jackets is newly fitted with a clear, removable, archival quality protector. Please note that this set will certainly require additional shipping cost; do expect this cost to be reflective of the set’s exceptional size and weight. Bibliographic reference: Zoller A301a-h & A302a-f3. Nº de ref. de la librería 003808