The Official Biography: SIGNED FIRST AMERICAN EDITION Set [COMPLETE]
[SIGNED by Randolph Churchill and Martin Gilbert]
Randolph Churchill and Martin Gilbert
First American Edition Set [COMPLETE: MAIN and COMPANION Volumes]
Houghton Mifflin Company [Boston]
Hardcover (with Dust Jacket) [Red cloth]
The Official Biography
Churchill at Chartwell
This is a very rare SIGNED First American edition set in correct, unclipped dust jackets, as originally issued. Main Volume I is SIGNED in ink on the half-title by Randolph Churchill: "Inscribed for Charles S. Bird, P.B.E. by Randolph S. Churchill."Main Volumes III-VIII are SIGNED in ink: "Martin Gilbert" on their respective title pages (most are also dated in Sir Martin's hand: "Nashville, 1990"). All Companion Volumes authored by Martin Gilbert (Volumes III-VI, Part 3) are SIGNED by him as well in ink on the title pages.The front free endpapers of each volume are debossed with a former-owner's discreet initial blindstamp. Companion Volume III, Part 1 also contains a former owner's name and address in ink on the front free endpaper. Else fine. A very special 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.