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The First Collected Works 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 calfskin 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. With the original green slipcases stamped with the Churchill arms. Rear panel of the slipcase of Volume XXV rubbed and slightly stained. Otherwise a fine set. Illustrations throughout. 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 295. However, it is believed that no more than 1,750 sets were ever published. This set includes the additional four volumes of collected essays, which were published in 1976. "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). With fourteen spare subscriber's booklabels, and two letters from the publishers to the subscriber and original owner of the set. A handsome and elaborately bound set. Cohen AA1; Langworth pp. 362–9; Woods p. 391.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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