Marlborough: His Life and Times. Winston S. Churchill.

Marlborough: His Life and Times

Harrap, London, 1933-1938, 1st editions, hardcover. Churchill’s monumental biography of his great ancestor, John Churchill, first Duke of Marlborough. Thoroughly researched in the family archives at Blenheim Palace, and assisted by several research assistants, this work was published in 4 volumes in 1933, 34, 36, 38 respectively. The first trade edition from Harrap is a lovely deluxe binding. Bound in rich burgundy cloth over bevelled boards, the family arms gilt on front covers, top edges gilt. Books measure 6.25 x 9.25 inches and are nearly 2 inches thick. All four are well illustrated with plates, facsimiles of documents and numerous maps and plans. A first class production which was well received at the time and is highly collectible now. Here is a set of mixed editions in dustwrappers. Vols I and II are later printings, vols III and IV are firsts. Books are crisp and unworn, vol. I has some sunning at spine ends; vol III spine slightly lighter than others. No names. Dustwrappers are all unclipped; Vol I dj has a large piece gone at head of spine; vol II dj good colour, minor abrasion at head of spine; vol III dj darkened on spine, loss at head of spine; vol IV dj good colour, a closed tear at base of spine. (A40aa). Item #30807

Price: $550.00

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