Item #8263 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. Very Good set of firsts in correct dustwrappers. Books are tight and unworn, Vol. I has a few spots on page edges and soem faint sunning at spine ends; Vol II has some sunning at spine ends; Vol. IV has some faint scratches on front cover. Dustwrappers are all correct firsts and unclipped. Vol. I dj is worn with wear at spine ends and a large repaired tear across spine having a backing panel beneath; vol. II dj tanned on spine and several small cracks at spine ends; vol. III dj no cracks or losses; vol. IV dj has good spine colour, 2 closed tears on back panel. Although not perfect, this set suoperior to most you will see that have pices of white showing where the jackets have losses. (A40aa). Item #8263

Price: $2,750.00

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