Marlborough: His Life and Times, full set of six jacketed U.S. first editions. Winston S. Churchill.
Marlborough: His Life and Times, full set of six jacketed U.S. first editions
Marlborough: His Life and Times, full set of six jacketed U.S. first editions
Marlborough: His Life and Times, full set of six jacketed U.S. first editions
Marlborough: His Life and Times, full set of six jacketed U.S. first editions
Marlborough: His Life and Times, full set of six jacketed U.S. first editions
Marlborough: His Life and Times, full set of six jacketed U.S. first editions

Marlborough: His Life and Times, full set of six jacketed U.S. first editions

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1938. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 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. Here is a superior jacketed set of the first U.S. edition for collectors. This set features truly fine volumes in very good+ dust jackets. All six volumes are in the uniform blue and gold dust jackets. All six are first edition, first printings, with the Scribner's "A" on the copyright page. The green cloth bindings are all clean, tight and square with bright spine gilt, sharp corners, and virtually no wear. Even the notoriously fade-prone Volume V binding is flawless. The contents of all six volumes are nearly pristine - unusually clean and bright with no spotting. Even the untrimmed text block edges are unusually clean. The sole interior marking is a tiny ink stamp on the upper ffep corner of each volume reading "PAGE COLLECTION". The presence of the uniform ink stamp corroborates that this set has likely been together since publication rather than being assembled from individual volumes over time. All six correct, first printing dust jackets are bright and unclipped, still bearing the original $2.75 price. Minor wear and chipping (to a maximum .25 inch depth) is substantially confined to the spine ends and the front face of Volume VI. The dust jacket spines show none of the normal dulling and are marred only by the minor wear at the spine. The dust jackets are protected in removable, archival quality clear covers. Please anticipate that this large, heavy set may require additional postage. Bibliographic reference: A97.4(I-VI).a, Woods/ICS A49(ba), Langworth p.169. Fine / Very good. Item #002039

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