The Official Biography: FIRST ENGLISH EDITION Set [COMPLETE]
[MAIN and COMPANION Volumes]
Randolph Churchill and Martin Gilbert
First English Edition Set [Volume VI COMPANION Volume Part 2 is a First American edition.]
William Heinemann, Ltd. [London]
Hardcover (with Dust Jackets) [Red cloth]
The Official Biography
Churchill at Chartwell
This is a very good complete set of English First editions, all in correct uniform dust jackets with vivid spine color and character, as issued. The second COMPANION to Volume VI (Part 2 ) is a First American edition and the recent two new "Document Volumes" for Volume VI from Hillsdale College Press are, of course, First American editions as well.All volumes are unprice-clipped. MAIN Volume I dust jacket is very slightly edge-chipped. The contents are fine, with faint scattered foxing to the fore-edges only. Volume II jacket has the publisher's later price sticker on the front flap, else fine. Volume III jacket is very slightly edge-chipped at the head and along the rear fold. Volume IV jacket is significantly less faded along the notoriously fade-prone spine, but has a strip of fading along the lower edge of the front face. The contents are fine, if ever so slightly toned at the prelims, with a faded topstain and some roughness to the cloth. The contents of all volumes are otherwise fine, with bright top stains. A very handsome set.
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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.