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The First Collected Works. Centenary Limited Edition; [together with:] The Collected Essays. Centenary Limited Edition.
London: Library of Imperial History in association with the Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd, 1973–6 - Together, 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. Typical natural variation to the tone of the vellum bindings; a couple of the slipcases a little rubbed at extremities. An excellent set. Illustrations throughout, as plates and to the text. First complete collected edition, number 312 of 1,750 sets published. The Centenary Edition is the only full collected works of Winston Churchill, reproducing his 50 books in 34 volumes. "The specifications were titanic: five million words in 19,000 pages, weighing 19 lbs, taking up 4½ ft 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). The Library of Imperial History went bankrupt before the projected run of 3,000 sets could be completed, so "the print run never exceeded 2,000 copies and only 1,750 sets were ever published" (Cohen). This set is accompanied by the four-volume Centenary Limited Edition of Churchill's collected essays and journalistic writings, again intended to be limited to 3,000 sets, not always present, together with a publisher's prospectus for both the Collected Works and Collected Essays. Cohen AA1; Langworth ICS AA1; Woods p. 391.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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