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Marlborough: His Life and Times, "Limited Presentation Edition"

Winston S. Churchill

Verlag: George G. Harrap & Co., Ltd., 1939
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Here is a fully jacketed set of the "Limited Presentation Edition" of 1939 with superior shelf presentation. Churchill's monumental biography of his great ancestor, John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, was initially conceived a full 40 years before publication of the fourth and final volume. Churchill originally considered the idea of the biography in 1898, returning to it in earnest in 1928. Marlborough ultimately took 10 years of research and writing and is the most substantial published work of Churchill's "wilderness years" in the 1930s. The final volume was published on the eve of the Second World War in 1938. Richard Langworth says "To understand the Churchill of the Second World War, the majestic blending of his commanding English with historical precedent, one has to read Marlborough." After the fourth and final volume of Marlborough was published, in December 1939 the publisher, Harrap, issued what it called a "Limited Presentation Edition" with distinctive bindings and dust jackets unique to the edition. The bindings are medium purple cloth with silver spine lettering and the dust jackets printed in black and orange on cream paper. For Volume I, there was a 1939 printing unique to this edition. For Volume II, the publisher used sheets from the first edition, second and final printing. For volumes III & IV, the publisher used sheets from the first edition, only printing. The Limited Presentation Edition bindings proved even more prone to sunning than their first edition counterparts, often toning significantly even beneath the thin dust jackets, which themselves proved quite fragile. Here is a set noteworthy for excellent shelf presentation of both the dust jackets and volumes beneath. The dust jackets remain bright with wholly unfaded spines. Moreover, the jackets show no losses, apart from neatly price-clipped lower front flaps. We note a few instances of minor spotting and soiling, but the only significant dust jacket flaw to report is a horizontal closed tear across the front face of the Volume IV dust jacket and along the lower front hinge. This tear nearly disappears beneath the clear, removable, archival quality protectors fitted to each dust jacket, and does not impact shelf presentation. The volumes beneath are all correct, Limited Presentation Edition bindings. All four bindings are square, clean, and tight. The binding spines retain excellent color, showing only a barely discernible hint of color shift. The contents are clean and bright. We find no spotting. The sole detraction is the previous ownership marks. Apparently a previous owner had both a brand new ink stamp featuring just their last name ("Talbot") and a severe impulse control problem. Consequently, the name "Talbot" is ink stamped as follows: on the Volume I front and rear pastedowns and the bottom text block edge; on the Volume II front pastedown, fore and bottom edges; on the Volume III front and rear pastedowns and fore and bottom edges; on the Volume IV front and rear pastedowns and bottom edge. This is the only previous ownership name in the set and while inane and regrettable, does nothing to detract from the superior shelf presentation and overall condition of the set. Moreover, the presence of the ink stamps leads us to price this set at lower than its condition would otherwise indicate. Bibliographic reference: A97.5, Woods/ICS A40(ad), Langworth p.172. Buchnummer des Verkäufers

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Titel: Marlborough: His Life and Times, "Limited ...
Verlag: George G. Harrap & Co., Ltd.
Erscheinungsdatum: 1939
Einband: Hardcover
Auflage: Limited Presentation Edition.

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Winston S. Churchill
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Buchbeschreibung George G. Harrap & Co., Ltd., London, 1939. Hardcover. Zustand: Very good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Good plus. Limited Presentation Edition. Here is Volume II in dust jacket of the "Limited Presentation Edition" of 1939. Churchill's monumental biography of his great ancestor, John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, was initially conceived a full 40 years before publication of the fourth and final volume. Churchill originally considered the idea of the biography in 1898, returning to it in earnest in 1928. Marlborough ultimately took 10 years of research and writing and is the most substantial published work of Churchill's "wilderness years" in the 1930s. The final volume was published on the eve of the Second World War in 1938. Richard Langworth says "To understand the Churchill of the Second World War, the majestic blending of his commanding English with historical precedent, one has to read Marlborough." In 1938, after the fourth and final volume of Marlborough was published, the publisher, Harrap, produced what it called a "Limited Presentation Edition". The volumes were bound in a medium purple cloth with silver spine lettering and the dust jackets printed in black and orange on cream paper. For Volumes I & II, Harrap used reprints of the first edition. The Limited Presentation Edition bindings proved even more prone to sunning than their first edition counterparts, often toning right beneath the thin dust jackets, which themselves proved quite fragile. This copy of Volume II is very good in a good plus dust jacket. The purple cloth binding is square, tight, and clean, only slightly faded on the spine except for a small strip at the spine head corresponding to a dust jacket loss. The "II" from the dust jacket, which was heavily printed and thus offered more protection from sunning, shows on the binding spine as two darker spots. There are minor bumps to the upper corners. The contents are crisp and bright with modest spotting confined to page edges and endpapers. Differential toning to the endpapers corresponds to the dust jacket flaps. The dust jacket is unclipped with a mildly toned spine, loss at the spine head to a .25 inch depth, minor loss at the lower front corner, and moderate overall soiling. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover. Bibliographic reference: A97.5, Woods/ICS A40(ad), Langworth p.172. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers 002595

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Churchill, The right honourable Winston S.
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Buchbeschreibung George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd, London, 1939. The set, two volumes in reprint plus two volumes of first edition sheets casebound uniformly in purple cloth, similar to true first production but there was some [external] cost-saving. As follows: v.I "New edition revised published November 1934 / Reprinted October 1939", 612p.; v.II "Reprinted October 1934" [same month & year as first] 651p.; v.III "First published 1936" 608p.; v.IV "First published 1938" 671p. Numerous inserted plates and in-text figures, maps and facsimiles (some folded, several stubbed, all as in the first issue of these sheets, none damaged or misfolded), several maps in colors or with monochrome overprinting), all as called for, same paperstock. Variations observed are these, that none of the bindings are decorated with coat of arms gilt, none of the boards are bevelled, purple not maroon, top edges not gilded, [unclipped] dust jacket flaps uniformly bear the legend "Price 45/- the set," cover panels read "Limited presentation edition / complete in four volumes." Any other variation in the jackets is not known to us. Gotten up in 1939, first issue of a sort of cheap (but not TOO cheap) edition both from first edition and later printing sheets, uniform paperstock and cloth throughout, a matching set. Condition (and faults) are remarkably uniform in kind and degree; these are, that the purple cloth wherever exposed to light [djs having been chipped or in two cases having been hiked up] is sunned to pale grey, the largest such patch about 1 x 3 inches. Handling wear has sort of softened each volume but hinges and joints are sound (there's an inch and a half split in volume I endsheet with faint tenderness, but hey, no problem), endsheets and djs are foxed, top and fore edges are browned and dust-soiled with peculiar evenness, jackets show even soiling and browning and vivid foxing, irregular chips at head and tail of spine, some large, somehow consistent and not jarring (or "consistently jarring," however it takes you). Jackets are extremely worn, now preserved in archival brodarts to size; two djs (I and II) are repaired inside with several kinds of old tape, but externally all four djs match in appearance with some variation in wear. Lastly, for the errata slip collectors, slips in volumes II and III correctly tipped in, revision of volume one having removed the necessity and volume four not calling for one. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers 108888

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Buchbeschreibung George G. Harrap, London, 1939. Complete in 4 volumes. This edition Limited Presentation Edition. Volume 1, reprinted, October 1939, volume 2, reprinted, October 1934, volume 3, first edition, 1936, volume 4, first edition 1938. Bound in original publishers purple cloth, with gilt lettering. Cloth very lightly rubbed, a couple of small nicks, minor sunning of cloth. All bindings in very good clean condition. Dust jackets darkened on spines, nicked with some loss. Jackets in good condition. Internally, occasional spotting. Pages in good clean condition. A nice set. Size: 8vo. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers 097121

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