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[SIGNED First English Edition Set in Dust Jackets]

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By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First English Edition Set
Biblio: (Cohen A240.4[I-VI].a) (Woods A123ba)
Date: 1948-1953
Published: Cassell and Co. [London]
Size (Details): 16mo (Maps, diagrams and tables throughout)
Binding: Hardcover (with Dust Jackets) [Black cloth]
Volumes: 6 volumes

Category: Signed
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 203993



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 very good First English edition set, in unclipped dust jackets, is SIGNED and dated in ink: Winston S. Churchill 1951 on the front free endpaper of Volume IV.

The jacket spines are uniformly unfaded and fresh with bright spine type. The only consequential jacket loss is approximately one inch to the lower rear right edge of Volume III, wrapping just a touch to the spine. The dust jacket of Volume V is the rarely-seen variant overprinted with a promotional blurb: ‘Between front and back covers is a record of astounding achievements -- Africa cleared, India safe from invasion, Japan recoiling on her homeland, Australia and New Zealand out of dangr, Italy fighting on our side, Rome in our posession, Germany reeling under Russia's hammer blows, the Hitler tyranny doomed.'

The books are all clean and tight; the black cloth fresh, the corners sharp. The topstains have faded variably on all volumes. The contents are fine, with a former owner's name discreetly in ink on the front free endpaper of Volume II. There is faint foxing to the fore-edges and prelims of Volumes I and II only.

Overall, a most presentable signed set.

 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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