Marlborough: His Life and Times, Volumes I & II in the first printing, first state dust jackets. Winston S. Churchill.
Marlborough: His Life and Times, Volumes I & II in the first printing, first state dust jackets
Marlborough: His Life and Times, Volumes I & II in the first printing, first state dust jackets
Marlborough: His Life and Times, Volumes I & II in the first printing, first state dust jackets
Marlborough: His Life and Times, Volumes I & II in the first printing, first state dust jackets

Marlborough: His Life and Times, Volumes I & II in the first printing, first state dust jackets

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1933. 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. These first four U.S. volumes were originally issued in two-volume sets, with cream-colored dust jackets featuring green print. 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. Here are fine copies of the first two volumes in the original, first state dust jackets. The green cloth bindings are clean, tight, and square with sharp corners and bright spine gilt. The only trivial exterior flaws to report are slight wrinkling at the spine ends. Both volumes have truly fine contents - crisp, clean, bright, and tight. We find no spotting and no previous ownership marks. Both dust jackets show toning and staining to the spines, with chipping at the spine ends. The jacket faces show minor edge chipping. The dust jackets are protected in removable, archival quality clear covers. Bibliographic reference: A97.4(I&II).a, Woods/ICS A49(ba), Langworth p.169. Fine / Good. Item #002059

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