London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1966. 1st Edition. Paperback. The Official Biography of Winston Churchill, initiated by Randolph Churchill but completed by Martin Gilbert, is an epic piece of scholarship about a singularly epic life, comprising eight mammoth main text volumes. The British and U.S. first editions of the eight main text volumes were published between 1966 and 1988. This is a proof copy of the first volume of the official biography, spanning the years 1874 to 1900, from Churchill's birth, to his early career as a soldier and war correspondent, to his return to England from an American lecture tour in order to embark on his storied political career.
This copy is in very good+ condition. It is bound in unmarked tan wraps. The half-title reads: "PROOF COPY This proof copy has been prepared for Mrs. Jackson." The name Mrs. Jackson is handwritten in ink. The card covers are in sound condition with light soiling and just a lttle wear at edges. There are no tears or losses. The contents are clean and tight. The book has a slight musty odor, but no signs of any spotting whatsoever. Item #000280