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The Official Biography: FIRST ENGLISH EDITION Set



By: Randolph Churchill and Martin Gilbert
Edition: First English Edition Set
Biblio: (Za301a-h) (R230a-h)
Date: 1966-1988
Published: William Heinemann, Ltd. [London]
Size (Details): 8vo
Binding: Hardcover (with Dust Jackets) [Red cloth]
Volumes: 8 volumes

Category: The Official Biography
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 11080

Description: This is a very good set of Main Volume English First editions, all in correct, uniform dust jackets that are very lightly edge-chipped. Volume I dust jacket is price-clipped. There is a roughed patch on the lower edge of the rear cloth board, else fine. Volume II jacket is unclipped, with a short closed tear at the tail of the spine. Volume III jacket is price-clipped and very modestly faded at the spine. There are some scattered white streaks in the cloth, else fine. Volume IV jacket is unclipped but creased across the front face and somewhat faded along the spine, as per usual. Volume V jacket is unclipped. There is a slight dent in the lower edge of the front board. Volume VI jacket is price-clipped and lightly creased. The contents are faintly damp-stained. Volume VII jacket is clipped. Volume VIII jacket is unclipped. The contents of all volumes are otherwise fine, with topstains that are variably bright.
A very handsome set overall, with good shelf appearance.

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

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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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