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MARLBOROUGH: His Life and Times

[Deluxe SIGNED Limited Leatherbound First Edition (1 of 155 Copies)]


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By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First Signed Limited Edition
Biblio: (Cohen A97.1.a) (Woods A40a)
Date: 1933-38
Published: George G. Harrap & Co. [London]
Size (Details): 8vo (2,500+ pages, illustrated with portraits,maps, plans.)
Binding: Hardcover [Dark Orange leather]
Volumes: 4 volumes

Category: Signed
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 14373

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MARLBOROUGH: HIS LIFE & TIMES

Majestic biography of John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough; soldier, statesmen, hard-headed Churchillian ancestor. Initially published in England as a lush four-volume set and then as a somewhat less deluxe six-volume set in the U.S. Subsequently issued in a two-volume edition that is not an abridgment, and a single volume edition that is.

Description: One of the jewels of the Churchill canon, this Deluxe Edition of MARLBOROUGH was issued in a limitation of 155 SIGNED leatherbound sets; one of only two pre-publication leatherbound Churchill first editions ever produced (the other being the "Presentation" binding of THE SECOND WORLD WAR).

Handsomely bound in full dark-orange Niger by Leighton Straker, the books are each gilt-stamped with the Marlborough crest on the upper board, gilt-lettered on the spine in six compartments with raised bands, the top edge gilt, the endpapers marbled. This set (number 101 of 155) is in very good condition, with just a hint of darkening to the leather. A former owner's elaborate bookplate is affixed to the pastedowns in each volume. The original card slipcases are not present.


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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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