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Marlborough: His Life and Times, Volume II
London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., 1934. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. This is a jacketed British first edition, only printing of the second volume of Churchill's Marlborough - a premium copy suitable for filling a superior first edition set. Churchill's monumental biography of his great ancestor, John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, was initially conceived a full 40 years before publication of the fourth and final volume. Churchill originally considered the idea of the biography in 1898, returning to it in earnest in 1928. Marlborough ultimately took 10 years of research and writing and is the most substantial published work of Churchill's "wilderness years" in the 1930s. The final volume was published on the eve of the Second World War in 1938. Richard Langworth says "To understand the Churchill of the Second World War, the majestic blending of his commanding English with historical precedent, one has to read Marlborough." The first edition of Marlborough was originally issued in four volumes and was very well received - both critically and aesthetically. The first edition is physically impressive, bound in plum cloth with beveled edges, the Marlborough coat of arms in gilt on the front cover, a gilt text block top edge, and a profusion of illustrations, maps, and plans. Here is the first British edition, first printing of Volume II, a near fine copy in a near fine dust jacket, scarce thus. During the four years covered by Volume II (1702-1705), Marlborough led England as Captain-General. The volume is a substantial 651 pages with 31 illustrations, 76 maps and plans, and 3 document facsimiles. The plum cloth binding retains vivid color and is square, clean, and tight with bright gilt, and nicely rounded spine. We note only a bump to the lower rear corner. The contents remain bright and crisp. Bright top edge gilt. The book feels unread. The sole previous ownership mark is an inked gift inscription dated "Christmas 1935" on the first free endpaper. Light spotting and age-toning is confined to the fore and bottom edges. The dust jacket is the correct - and increasingly elusive - first printing, confirmed by an unclipped front flap that retains the original price with no mention of "2nd Impression". The jacket is notably clean and complete, with only trivial wear to the spine ends and an unobtrusive .5 inch closed tear at the spine heel. Spine toning is minimal, with only mild color shift between the jacket spine and faces. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A97.2(II).a, Woods/ICS A40(aa), Langworth p.166.
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