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Here is a British first edition set of Churchill's sweeping history and last great work. Churchill's four volume epic, A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, was published between 1956 and 1958. The work traces a great historical arc from Roman Britain through the end of the Nineteenth Century, ending with the death of Queen Victoria. Perhaps not coincidentally, this is the very year that saw Churchill conclude his first North American lecture tour, take his first seat in Parliament, and begin to make history himself. The work itself was two decades in the making. The Churchillian conceptions that underpinned it were lifelong. The cultural commonality and vitality of English-speaking peoples animated Churchill throughout his life, from his Victorian youth in an ascendant British Empire to his twilight in the midst of the American century. Churchill began A History of the English-Speaking Peoples in the 1930s, completing a draft of "about half a million words" which was set aside when Churchill returned to the Admiralty and to war in September 1939. The work was fittingly interrupted by an unprecedented alliance among the English-speaking peoples during the Second World War - an alliance Churchill personally did much to cultivate, cement, and sustain. The interruption continued as Churchill bent his literary efforts to his six-volume history, The Second World War, and then his remaining political energies to his second and final premiership from 1951-1955. This first edition is regarded as one of the most beautiful productions of Churchill's works, with tall red volumes and striking, illustrated dust jackets. Churchill seems to have taken an active and detailed interest in the aesthetics of the publication. He told his doctor: "it is not necessary to break the back of the book to keep it open. I made them take away a quarter of an inch from the outer margins of the two pages and then add the half-inch so gained to the inner margin." He was clearly satisfied with the result, remarking with pardonable exuberance "It opens like an angel's wings." (Gilbert, Volume VIII, p.1184) Unfortunately, as beautiful as the first editions are, they proved somewhat fragile. The dust jackets commonly suffer significant fading, wear, soiling, and spotting, and the books typically bear spotting and fading of the red-stained top edges. This is a very good plus set of four British first edition, first printings in very good plus dust jackets. All four dust jackets are unclipped, bright, and highly complete with unusually good shelf presentation. The only loss is a tiny 1/8 inch V-chip at the top edge of the Volume IV front face. Apart from this, we note only minor flaws to the dust jackets - light wear at the spine heads of Volumes I, II & IV, slight sunning of the Volume I lower spine illustration, a .5 inch blue ink mark above the publisher's name on the Volume II spine, and a tiny scuff on the lower Volume II spine. All four dust jackets are protected in removable, archival quality clear covers. The red cloth bindings of all four volumes are uniformly bright, tight, and square with bright spine gilt. The contents are crisp and bright with no previous ownership marks. The red-stained top edges retain unusually strong color. Spotting is modest, confined to the Volume I-III page edges, with just a few spots on the Volume I and IV blank endsheets. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A267.1(I-IV).a, Woods/ICS A138(aa), Langworth p.315. Buchnummer des Verkäufers
Titel: A History of the English-Speaking Peoples
Verlag: Cassell and Company Ltd.
Zustand: Very good
Auflage: 1st Edition.
Buchbeschreibung Cassell & Company Ltd 01/01/1974, 1974. Zustand: Good. Shipped within 24 hours from our UK warehouse. Clean, undamaged book with no damage to pages and minimal wear to the cover. Spine still tight, in good condition. Remember if you are not happy, you are covered by our 100% money back guarantee. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers 2341-9780304295012
Buchbeschreibung Cassell. PAPERBACK. Zustand: Fair. 0304925039 Ships promptly from Texas. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers Z0304925039Z4
Buchbeschreibung Cassell, 1111. Zustand: Fair. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers GRP76229816
Buchbeschreibung W&N, 2002. Paperback. Zustand: Very Good. Ex-library. EXPRESS DELIVERY AVAILABLE AT CHECKOUT. Shipped From the UK. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers mon0000327261
Buchbeschreibung Bantam Books. MASS MARKET PAPERBACK. Zustand: Fair. 0553144162 . Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers Z0553144162Z4
Buchbeschreibung Wings Books, 1994. Zustand: Good. Reissue. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers GRP10396538
Buchbeschreibung Bantam Books, 1963. Zustand: Good. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers GRP36392622
Buchbeschreibung Bantam Books, 1963. Zustand: Fair. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers GRP98809012
Buchbeschreibung Bantam Books, 1963. Zustand: Fair. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers GRP98809671
Buchbeschreibung Bantam Books. Mass Market Paperback. Zustand: GOOD. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, thatâ€™ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers 2799554609