Marlborough: His Life and Times, full set of six U.S. first edition, first printings in the rare first state dust jackets and slipcases. Winston S. Churchill.
Marlborough: His Life and Times, full set of six U.S. first edition, first printings in the rare first state dust jackets and slipcases
Marlborough: His Life and Times, full set of six U.S. first edition, first printings in the rare first state dust jackets and slipcases
Marlborough: His Life and Times, full set of six U.S. first edition, first printings in the rare first state dust jackets and slipcases
Marlborough: His Life and Times, full set of six U.S. first edition, first printings in the rare first state dust jackets and slipcases

Marlborough: His Life and Times, full set of six U.S. first edition, first printings in the rare first state dust jackets and slipcases

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1933. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Here is a full set of six U.S. first edition, first printings in the rare first state dust jackets and slipcases. Churchill's monumental biography of his great ancestor, John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, was initially conceived a full 40 years before publication of the fourth and final volume. Churchill originally considered the idea of the biography in 1898, returning to it in earnest in 1928. Marlborough ultimately took 10 years of research and writing and is the most substantial published work of Churchill's "wilderness years" in the 1930s. The final volume was published on the eve of the Second World War in 1938. Richard Langworth says "To understand the Churchill of the Second World War, the majestic blending of his commanding English with historical precedent, one has to read Marlborough." The British first edition was issued in four volumes. The U.S. publisher chose to split the first two volumes into two books each, resulting in a six volume set that is otherwise identical in content to the British. The first four U.S. volumes were originally issued in two-volume sets, with cream-colored dust jackets featuring green print. The fifth volume was originally issued in a white dust jacket with a red-printed design matching that of the two slipcases for volumes I & II and volumes III & IV. Only in 1938, when the sixth and final U.S. volume was published, were the more commonly seen blue and gold dust jackets issued. Today the first state dust jackets are quite scarce, and the fragile original slipcases doubly so. This is a full, first state set comprising fine first printing volumes in good plus or better dust jackets with the two publisher's slipcases. All six volumes feature immaculate green cloth bindings and bright contents with no internal spotting or previous ownership marks. The first four volumes are virtually as-new, having been protected by both their original dust jackets and the slipcases. The final two volumes, which were not slipcased, show mild dust soiling to the top edges with a touch of spotting confined to the top edges. All six dust jackets are unclipped. The cream-colored dust jackets of the first four volumes all show uniform toning to the spines and modest chipping, at the spine ends and the front face of Volume IV and rear face of Volume III, where it is likely that the jackets once caught on the slipcase. The Volume V dust jacket is substantially complete with a 3/16 inch strip loss at the spine head, as well as some spine toning and some abrasions at the top edge of the front face and along the front hinge. The Volume VI dust jacket remains bright and highly complete with three long vertical scratches on the spine and trivial wear at extremities. All six dust jackets are protected in removable, archival quality clear covers. The Volumes I & II slipcase is complete, but split at the three right side seams and somewhat scuffed and soiled overall. The Volume III & IV slipcase is complete with light overall soiling and wear at extremities. The volume III & IV slipcase is beginning to split at the right upper and rear seams, but nonetheless remains intact. Please anticipate the possibility of additional postage costs for this large, heavy, set, which we will pack with care. Bibliographic reference: A97.4(I-VI).a, Woods/ICS A49(ba), Langworth p.169. Fine / Good. Item #002037

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