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["The Centenary Edition" Complete in 38 Volumes]

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By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First Thus
Biblio: (Cohen AA1)(Woods AA1)
Date: 1973-1975
Published: Library of Imperial History [London]
Size (Details): Large 8vo
Binding: Hardcover [Full vellum (leather)]
Volumes: 38 volumes

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 3872



Six major posthumous works have been issued reprinting Churchill's writings and speeches in significant new formats. They are: THE COLLECTED WORKS; THE MAJOR WORKS OF SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL; WINSTON S. CHURCHILL: HIS COMPLETE SPEECHES 1897-1963; THE COLLECTED ESSAYS OF SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL; and THE GREAT REPUBLIC; NEVER GIVE IN!: The Best Of Winston Churchill's Speeches.

Description: This is a nearly very good, if somewhat shelfworn example of the legendary 38-volume "Centenary Edition" of Churchill's Collected Works, which was published on the occasion of what would have been Churchill's 100th birthday. A deluxe limited edition reprinting of every book-length title, together with four volumes that constituted the complete essays, here collected for the first time, the set was issued in full white vellum leather bindings. The upper covers are each gilt-stamped with Churchill's coat of arms, the spines are lettered in gilt and all fore-edges are gilded. The endpapers are marbled and each volume contains a silk ribbon marker. Only 1,750 of the intended 3,000 sets were ever actually bound. This complete set does exhibit its age. The vellum has yellowed unevenly, particularly along the spines of some volumes, as is common with this set. The books are all in their original dark green slipcases embossed in gilt with the Churchill coat of arms. Many slipcases are roughed at the corners and rubbed where they were pressed together side by side; which is also most common. The contents of all volumes are fine and most appear unopened. A very good value, in sum.

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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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