Marlborough: His Life and Times, Volume III, the Canadian first edition. Winston S. Churchill.
Marlborough: His Life and Times, Volume III, the Canadian first edition
Marlborough: His Life and Times, Volume III, the Canadian first edition
Marlborough: His Life and Times, Volume III, the Canadian first edition
Marlborough: His Life and Times, Volume III, the Canadian first edition

Marlborough: His Life and Times, Volume III, the Canadian first edition

Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1936. 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." Here is the unusual and scarce Canadian issue of Volume III, the first and only printing. The British and Canadian first editions of Marlborough were issued in four volumes between 1933 and 1938, and the Canadian first editions are far more scarce than their British (or U.S.) counterparts. The Canadian editions of the first three volumes were issued by Ryerson Press instead of Harrap, bound in a dark purple cloth instead of the plum of the British edition, and feature dark purple top edge stain instead of the gilt of the British editions. The dust jackets appear nearly identical, differing only in "Ryerson Press" in lieu of "Harrap" printed on the lower spine and omission of front flap pricing. This third volume is also the last issued by Ryerson; the fourth and final "Canadian" volume was issued instead by Harrap, since by 1938 arrangements between Harrap and Ryerson had ended. Like its British first edition counterpart, this Canadian edition is physically impressive. The contents feature a profusion of illustrations, maps, and plans. This third book carries the story forward to the end of the campaign of 1708. The volume is a substantial 608 pages with 24 illustrations, 2 document facsimiles, 3 color maps, and 64 other maps and plans. This quite scarce Canadian edition is in very good plus condition in a very good dust jacket. The dark purple cloth binding is square, clean, and tight with bright spine gilt. The corners are just a bit soft, the spine ends mildly wrinkled, and there is an indentation to the lower edge of the front cover. The contents are bright and crisp. The top edge retains unfaded purple topstain. The sole interior marks found are a tiny "The Times Book Club" ink stamp at the rear pastedown and three tiny ink stamped numerals on the rear endpaper. We note no internal spotting. Mild spotting is confined to the fore and bottom edges, which are otherwise bright and clean. The quite scarce Canadian edition dust jacket is complete, apart from two tiny holes at the flap folds and has notably bright and clean front and rear faces. The jacket spine shows mild toning and slight wrinkling at the ends, as well as a moisture stain affecting the top right 2.75 inches. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A97.3, Woods/ICS A40(ac), Langworth p.169. Very good / Very good. Item #002064

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