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A History of the English-Speaking Peoples
London: Cassell and Company Ltd, 1956-58. London: Cassell and Company Ltd,, 1956-58. 4 volumes, octavo. Original red cloth, spines lettered in gilt, top edges red. With the dust jackets. Several maps and genealogical tables to text. Contemporary newspaper reviews for each volume tipped-in to verso of front free endpapers, Readers Digest stamp to front free endpaper of Vol I. Spine ends gently bumped, bindings square and firm, occasional brown spots to text; a very good set in jackets, spines gently toned, 22 mm closed tear to rear of Vol. I, two small marks to cover of Vol. III, but overall unusually clean and neat, largely free from creasing. First editions, first impressions. Churchill began his history of the British Empire and the United States during his period in the political wilderness in the early 1930s, but did not complete it until after his retirement in the late 1950s. The events of the Second World War, the major interruption in the writing process, had reconfirmed his belief in the "special relationship" between Britain and the United States. Consequently he gave considerable attention to the key events of American history: around a quarter of the third volume, The Age of Revolution, is dedicated to the War of Independence, and a full third of the final volume, The Great Democracies, contains a detailed study of the American Civil War. Cohen A267.1(I) - (IV); Woods A138(a).
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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