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[London Times Book Club Set]


By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: English "Times Book Club" Edition
Biblio: (Cohen A17.3) (Woods A8ab)
Date: 1906
Published: Macmillan & Co. [London]
Size (Details): 8vo (564 pages, and 531 pages, illustrated, with tissue protected photo frontispieces.)
Binding: Hardcover [Burgundy cloth]
Volumes: 2 Volumes

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 18659



Churchill's impassioned two-volume biography written in defense of his maligned father's posthumous reputation. Subsequently issued in an unabridged one-volume edition. A bulwark of any Churchill collection.

Description: This is a very good example of the London Times Book Club edition, which was issued during the year of publication using First Edition sheets somewhat trimmed down and more plainly bound in cheaper cloth; sold at a low 7 shillings rather than the First Edition's 36-shilling price, causing Churchill to complain to his publisher of "a shabby trick." The cloth here has faded along the spines, as per usual, but is otherwise clean; the binding is square and tight, with a short tear at the spine head and a rub at the lower front corner of Volume I. The contents are fine but lightly foxed throughout, more pronounced at the prelims and fore-edges. There is a vintage bookplate on the front pastedowns of each volume and a former-owner name dated in ink on the front free endpapers.
According to Ronald Cohen in his definitive Churchill bibliography, this set today "is far scarcer" than the First edition.

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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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