London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1977. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 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 and - so far - seventeen accompanying document or "Companion" volumes. The eight main text volumes were published between 1966 and 1988. Publication of the Companion volumes was completed in 2019. These three volumes accompany the fourth volume of the Biography and cover January 1917 to November 1922.
All three volumes are fine in very good+ dust jackets. The red cloth bindings are all clean and fresh with bright gilt and good corners. The Part 2 boards have dark vertical striations that are clearly a binding flaw. The contents of all three volumes are crisp, clean, bright, and tight with no spotting and no inscriptions. The red stained top edges retain deep, unfaded red color. The dust jackets are unclipped with only trivial wrinkling at extremities. The Volume IV spine lettering of this edition proved incredibly vulnerable to sunning, often fading to nearly white. This set is better than usual but still affected. The red title lettering at the head of the spines is bright and clear. The Title and author lettering at the center of the spine and the publisher name at the base of the spine are still clearly legible, but a bit faded. The dust jackets are protected in removable mylar covers. Item #000531