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[The First Chartwell Edition ("Standard" Binding)]

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By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First Chartwell Edition ["Standard"Binding]
Biblio: (Cohen A240.7.b) (Woods A123d)
Date: 1955
Published: Educational Book Co., Ltd. [London]
Size (Details): Large 8vo (661, 612, 744, 822, 607 & 638 pages; profusely illustrated)
Binding: Hardcover (with Dust Jackets) [Watermelon Red cloth]
Volumes: 6 Volumes

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 11838



The best-selling six-volume history that helped gain Churchill a Nobel Prize for literature. Published first in the U.S., the ensuing English edition contained numerous corrections and even a few additional maps. It is therefore considered more definitive, though today the American edition may be rarer. The series was simultaneously published by the Book-of-the-Month-Club, printed on the same presses as the first editions, and thus today can easily be confused with them.

Description: This is a virtually mint example of the "Standard Binding" of the "Chartwell Edition," which was offered by subscription only in early 1955, bound in "Deluxe" blue quarter-leather or thusly in fine-grain red cloth with leather bust medallions and leather spine labels. There were no dust jackets, the volumes instead arrived in plain glassine wrappers that easily deteriorated but are present here in extraordinary condition.

Winston Churchill wrote in a note to this edition, dated 1 October 1954: "Now a special edition is being published, illustrated for the first time, in which all those first minor errors have been corrected." The set presents Churchill's definitive final text in readably large type, along with hundreds of illustrations on coated paper. Each volume contains a color frontispiece and three-color maps.

The cloth, as well as the burgundy top-stains, here remain vividly bright. The specially commissioned embossed leather bust medallions of Churchill on each front board are immaculate. The notoriously fragile leather spine labels are pristine, though the lettering on Volume IV has inexplicably, and no doubt naturally, dimmed. The contents are fine, clean and unfoxed.

As fine a set as you will ever see.

 Please Note: This is a weighty item and does not qualify for free shipping.

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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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