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[First English Edition Set in Fine Leather Binding]


By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First English Edition Set
Biblio: (Cohen A267.1[I-IV].a) (Woods A138a)
Date: 1956-1958
Published: Cassell and Co. [London]
Size (Details): 8vo (440 pages, 350 pages, 352 pages & 346 pages. Illustrated with maps and tables.)
Binding: Hardcover [Full Navy-Blue Morocco leather]
Volumes: 4 volumes

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 204352



Sweeping four-volume history of England, her colonies, and the language that Churchill so venerated and ennobled in his own writings. The original English edition was handsomely printed, the American edition was less so. Subsequent re-issues and abridgements abound.

Description: This First English edition set exquisitely rebound by Bayntun of Bath (for the late-Kroch and Brentano's bookstore of Chicago) in full navy-blue Morocco leather, has Churchill's full signature in gilt across each face. The endpapers are marbled, all edges are gilded, the spines elaborately gilt-tooled, lettered and dated in six compartments with raised bands. The contents are fine and unfoxed, the lower binding edges are just a trifle roughed. The set was slightly trimmed for binding. A dazzling piece of work.

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Bibliographic numbers (in parentheses) are from Frederick Woods' original Churchill bibliography (Woods), as emended by Richard Langworth in his Connoisseur's Guide; and from the new, greatly expanded Churchill bibliography by Ronald Cohen (Cohen).










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