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The First Collected Works of Sir Winston Churchill. Centenary Limited Edition. [with:] The Collected Essays of Sir Winston Churchill. Centenary Limited Edition.
London: Library of Imperial History in association with the Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd, 1973–6 - 38 volumes, octavo. Original full vellum with 22-carat gold blocking, including titles to spines, armorial device to front boards and ruling to spines and front boards, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, printed on Archive Long-Life Text Paper. Housed in the original green leatherette slipcases stamped with the Churchill arms in gilt. Manchester Grammar School bookplate to front free endpaper of vol. 1. Typical natural variation to the tone of the vellum bindings; slipcases occasionally a little rubbed at tips. A fine set in a deluxe binding. Illustrations throughout, as plates and to the text. The Centenary Edition is the only full collected works of Winston Churchill, reproducing his fifty books in thirty-four volumes, in a limited edition of 3,000 sets, of which this is number 81. However, it is believed that no more than 1,750 sets were ever published. "The specifications were titanic: five million words in 19,000 pages, weighing 19lbs, taking up 4½ft of shelf space. To achieve publication, 11 publishing houses in Great Britain, the United States and Canada released their individual copyrights in exchange for the promise that no other complete edition of Churchill works would be published until the expiration of international copyright in 2019" (Richard M. Langworth). A handsome and elaborately bound set. Cohen AA1; Langworth ICS AA1; Woods p. 391.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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