Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Volume V, 1922-1939. Martin Gilbert.
Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Volume V, 1922-1939
Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Volume V, 1922-1939
Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Volume V, 1922-1939
Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Volume V, 1922-1939

Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Volume V, 1922-1939

London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1976. First edition. Hardcover. This is the British first edition, first printing of the fifth volume of the Official Biography of Winston S. Churchill. This fifth volume covers the period 1922-1939, spanning events such as Churchill's purchase of his beloved country home Chartwell, the end of his Parliamentary career as a Liberal, and his return to the Conservatives. This volume includes highs such as the latter half of the 1920s which Churchill spent as the powerful Chancellor of the Exchequer, and lows such as the wilderness years of the 1930s, which Churchill spent out of power and out of favor, persistently warning about the growing Nazi threat and routinely at odds with both his own Conservative Party leadership and prevailing public sentiment. Condition is very good minus in a near fine dust jacket. The red cloth binding remains square, clean, and tight with bright spine gilt. There is a tiny closed tear at the spine head and a tiny bump and abrasion to the lower front corner. The contents are bright with no previous ownership marks and no spotting. The red stained top edge is lightly sunned to dark pink, but nonetheless retains respectable color and is uniformly toned. The brown dust jacket of this edition is almost always found sunned to a green color on the spine. Here the dust jacket retains its brown color with no discernible color shift between the covers and spine. The lower front flap of the first edition dust jacket originally featured two prices, an introductory price “until February 28th, 1977” with a higher price above. Both original prices remain intact. A tiny closed tear at the spine head (corresponding to the binding tear) and a scuff at the lower front flap fold are the only appreciable instances of wear. The dust jacket is protected with 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 A301e. Item #001843

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