The Official Biography: FIRST ENGLISH EDITION Set [COMPLETE]
[MAIN and COMPANION Volumes]
Randolph Churchill and Martin Gilbert
First English Edition Set [Volume VI Companion volumes all First American editions]
William Heinemann, Ltd., Norton, Hillsdale College Press [London]
Hardcover (with Dust Jacket) [Red cloth]
The Official Biography
Churchill at Chartwell
This is a very good complete set of English First editions in correct, uniform dust jackets that do exhibit wear. jackets. The Volume VI COMPANION Volumes are First American editions, as issued (Parts 1, 2 and 3 by Norton; the most recent by Hillsdale College Press). All MAIN volume dust jackets are unprice-clipped. All COMPANION volume dust jackets are unclipped, with the exception of Companion Volume III, Part 2, Companion Volume IV, Parts 1-3 and Companion Volume V, Part 1, which are neatly price-clipped. The topstains on all volumes are variably bright and unfaded. Volume I dust jacket is edge-chipped, with fractional loss at the spine tail and two closed tears at the head. The contents are fine, with a light fold through the first free endpaper. Volume II dust jacket is lightly edge-chipped at the spine head and tail. The contents are fine. Volume III dust jacket is sunned along the spine and edge-chipped at the spine head. The contents are fine. Volumes IV and V dust jackets are sunned at the spines, else fine. Volume VI dust jacket is clipped at the lower corner of the front flap but is not price-clipped. The contents are fine, save for a gentle rear hinge break. Volume VI dust jacket is faintly sun-faded at the spine, else fine. Volumes VII and VIII are virtually mint.All Companion Volumes are in very good condition, with dust jackets that are variably faded and age-darkened along the spines, else fine. The contents of all volumes are fine. A very solid value.
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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.