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A HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING PEOPLES

[SIGNED First English Edition Set in Dust Jackets]


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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 (with Dust Jackets) [Red cloth]
Volumes: 4 volumes

Category: Signed
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 207454

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A HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING PEOPLES

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 Presentation set, in dust jackets, is inscribed and SIGNED on the title page of Volume One for Churchill's personal secretary: "To Gillian Maturin from Winston S. Churchill."

GILLIAN MATURIN (1931-1985) was one of Churchill's postwar secretaries, a New Zealander who commenced working for him just after his retirement as Prime MInister in 1955 and stayed on for three and a half years. She was notably assigned the additional task of looking after Churchill's Australian Budgerigar parakeet, Toby, when Churchill holidayed in the South of France.

The books are all in very good condition with foxing to the fore-edges and prelims of all, including to the signature page of Volume I. The dust jackets are unclipped and uniformly bright, with edge-chipping and fractional losses at the head and tail of Volume I. Volume II dust jacket has darkened just a bit, as per usual with this book. The topstains have faded variably. The contents of all volumes are otherwise fine and unfoxed.

It is most uncommon to come upon signed volumes gifted by Churchill to his secretarial staff. This comes by direct descent from the family of Gillian Maturin.

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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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