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[Wood-Cased First American Edition Set in Dust Jackets]


By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First American Edition Set
Biblio: (Cohen A240.1[I-VI]) (Woods A123aa)
Date: 1948-1953
Published: Houghton Mifflin Company [Boston]
Size (Details): 8vo (Maps, diagrams and tables throughout.)
Binding: Hardcover (with Dust Jackets) [Red cloth]
Volumes: 6 volumes

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 202973



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 set in dust jackets of the First American edition, here preserved in the publisher's original purpose-built wood case. The unclipped dust jackets all have the correct $6.00 prices on their front flaps. The jackets are uniformly bright and fresh, with no spine fade. The books are all correct First editions. The contents are fine with vivid topstains and just a hint of spotting to the endpapers of Volume I.
Absolutely unique thus.

Volume VI bears the armorial bookplate of Viscount Camrose, the newspaper baron who was close to Churchill as the owner of the Daily Telegraph, which published most of Churchill's journalistic output, particularly during the years leading up to World War II. It was Camrose who led the syndicate that bought Chartwell from the Churchills after the war, preserving it for them as their home and then, after their deaths, rendering it a gift to the state as a museum.

Rarely seen thus.

 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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