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A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Chartwell Edition
London: The Educational Book Company, Ltd., 1956. Chartwell (First Illustrated) Edition. Hardcover. This is a virtually pristine, strikingly well-preserved set of the first illustrated edition, which was published contemporaneously with the first edition and is known as "The Chartwell Edition." This is a particularly handsome edition of Churchill's sweeping history and last great work. This edition is not only profusely illustrated, but is also attractively bound in blue leatherette with red leather spine labels blocked in gilt, gilt ruled spine compartments, gilt volume title and vertical rule on each front cover, head and foot bands, and blue topstain. This particular set is a marvelous survivor. The previous owner long ago created custom “dust jackets” from a waxed, brown paper. These have served to beautifully protect the volumes beneath, which are magnificently fine. The bindings are flawlessly bright and clean with no discernible wear. The contents are likewise immaculate with no previous ownership marks and no spotting. The dark blue topstain remains clean and unfaded across all four volumes. All fore and bottom edges are as clean as the contents. Faint transfer from the perfectly preserved red morocco spine labels to the jackets testifies that they have long accompanied the books beneath. This is as clean a set as we have offered. These sets originally came in plain, fragile glassine wrappers. On the rare occasions we have offered sets thus, even the presence of the original glassine has not protected the sets as well as have these heavier, brown paper jackets. Churchill's four volume epic, A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, was published between 1956 and 1958.  The work traces a great historical arc from Roman Britain through the end of the Nineteenth Century, ending with the death of Queen Victoria. Perhaps not coincidentally, this is the very year that saw Churchill conclude his first North American lecture tour, take his first seat in Parliament, and begin to make history himself. The work itself was two decades in the making.  The Churchillian conceptions that underpinned it were lifelong. The cultural commonality and vitality of English-speaking peoples animated Churchill throughout his life, from his Victorian youth in an ascendant British Empire to his twilight in the midst of the American century. Churchill began A History of the English-Speaking Peoples in the 1930s, completing a draft of "about half a million words" which was set aside when Churchill returned to the Admiralty and to war in September 1939.  The work was fittingly interrupted by an unprecedented alliance among the English-speaking peoples during the Second World War - an alliance Churchill personally did much to cultivate, cement, and sustain.  The interruption continued as Churchill bent his literary efforts to his six-volume history, The Second World War, and then his remaining political energies to his second and final premiership from 1951-1955. Please note that this large, heavy set may require additional postage. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A267.2, Woods/ICS A138(d). Langworth p.317.
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