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The Official Biography: FIRST AMERICAN EDITION Set



By: Randolph Churchill and Martin Gilbert
Edition: First American Edition Set
Biblio: (Za301a-h) (R230a-h)
Date: 1966-1988
Published: Houghton Mifflin Company [Boston]
Size (Details): 8vo
Binding: Hardcover (with Dust Jackets) [Red cloth]
Volumes: 8 volumes

Category: The Official Biography
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 3952

Description: This is a very good First American edition set of Main Volumes, in dust jackets that are here and there lightly edge-chipped but virtually unfaded, save for the traditionally fade-prone spines of Volume III and IV. Volume IV jacket is also unevenly faded on both faces. Volumes I-IV and VI jackets are neatly price-clipped, the others are unclipped.
The contents of all volumes are fine, with a former-owner name inked on the front free endpaper of Volume I. There is faint foxing to the upper fore-edge of Volume IV and more significant foxing to all fore-edges of Volume V. Volume V is a Review Copy with the publisher's slip laid-in. There is a faint paper clip shadow on the dust jacket as a result. Volume VII has a register of page numbers inked on the front free endpaper and two roughly trimmed interior pages, else fine. Laid-into Volume VI is a news-cutting of the review for this volume from the Chicago Tribune.
A very attractive and rather interesting set overall

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The Official Biography is the ultimate source work about Sir Winston Churchill and the longest biography ever published (the actual Guinness record holder). Begun by Churchill's son Randolph (who authored Volumes I and II), the 8-volume set was completed (Volumes III-VIII) by Sir Martin Gilbert, whose great achievement it remains. The 8 Main text volumes are supplemented by 18 Companion volumes (to date) that reproduce in their entirety most of the letters and documents referred to in the Main volumes. These Main volumes consist of Volume I: Youth (1874-1900), Volume II: Young Statesman (1901-1914), Volume III: The Challenge Of War (1914-1916), Volume IV: The Stricken World (1917-1922), Volume V: The Prophet Of Truth (1922-1939), Volume VI: Finest Hour (1939-1941), Volume VII: Road To Victory (1941-1945) and Volume VIII: Never Despair (1945-1965). The Companion volumes are comprised of: Volume I (2 parts); Volume II (3 parts); Volume III (2 parts); Volume IV (3 parts); Volume V (3 parts); and Volume VI (5 parts, with more still to come. The last two are the work of Hillsdale College Press, and are numbered somewhat differently). A total of five further Companion volumes are still planned. Sir Martin Gilbert passed away in 2015.










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