Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Volume VIII, Never Despair, 1945-1965. Martin Gilbert.
Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Volume VIII, Never Despair, 1945-1965
Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Volume VIII, Never Despair, 1945-1965
Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Volume VIII, Never Despair, 1945-1965
Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Volume VIII, Never Despair, 1945-1965

Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Volume VIII, Never Despair, 1945-1965

London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1988. First edition, second printing. Hardcover. This is the British first edition, second printing of the eighth and final volume of the Official Biography of Winston S. Churchill. This eighth volume spans the period from Demobilization in late 1945, when Churchill was Leader of the Opposition (1945-1951), through his second Premiership (1951-1955) into a time when Churchill passes "into a living national memorial" of the time he has lived and the Nation, Empire, and free world he has served. The events encompassed by these years are in many ways no less dramatic than those of the war years, bringing the unraveling of the British Empire, the post-war recovery, the onset of the Cold War, Soviet acquisition of the atomic bomb, development of the hydrogen bomb, and the beginning of the space age. Volumes I-V of the British first edition of the Official Biography were bound in red cloth with red topstain and solid color dust jackets. Volumes VI-VIII were issued by the publisher in two different options - one with a different color binding, no topstain and a pictorial dust jacket and one with red cloth binding, red topstain and a solid color dust jacket. Here is the pictorial dust jacket issue of the British first edition of Volume VIII. This is the second printing, issued the same year as the first printing distinguished from the first only by the words “Reprinted 1988” on the title page verso. The front face of the dust jacket features a photograph of Churchill at Chartwell on his eighty-first birthday and the rear face features Churchill painting in his studio at Chartwell. This is a near fine copy in a very good plus dust jacket. The khaki cloth binding is clean, tight, and square with sharp corners and minor wrinkling to the spine ends. The contents are clean and bright with no previous ownership marks and no spotting. There is light shelf soiling to the bottom edge of the text block. The dust jacket is unclipped, clean, bright, and complete with no losses or tears and retains the original lower front flap price. The yellow spine print remains unfaded. We note light wear to the spine ends and corners. The dust jacket is protected beneath a removable, clear, archival cover. The Official Biography was begun by Winston’s son, Randolph Churchill (1911-1968), and completed by Sir Martin Gilbert (1936-2015). In 1962, at the age of 25, Martin Gilbert joined Churchill's biography team, then led by Churchill's son Randolph. Of what became his life's work, Gilbert says: "I'd thought I'd last four or five months." Instead, when Randolph died in 1968 with only two of the eight volumes completed, Gilbert took over, committing the substantial portion of his scholarship and life's work to documenting, comprehending, and communicating what Gilbert called the "remarkable and versatile life" of Winston Churchill. The result is an epic piece of scholarship about a singularly epic life. The British first editions of the eight main text volumes were originally published between 1966 and 1988. These substantial volumes comprise the narrative story of Churchill’s life. Reference: Zoller A301h. Item #005507

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