Marlborough: His Life and Times, Volume I. Winston S. Churchill.
Marlborough: His Life and Times, Volume I
Marlborough: His Life and Times, Volume I
Marlborough: His Life and Times, Volume I
Marlborough: His Life and Times, Volume I

Marlborough: His Life and Times, Volume I

London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd. 1933. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. This is a jacketed British first edition, first printing of the first volume of Churchill's Marlborough in the correct first printing dust jacket. 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 first edition of Marlborough was originally issued in four volumes and was very well received - both critically and aesthetically. The first edition is physically impressive, bound in plum cloth with beveled edges, the Marlborough coat of arms in gilt on the front cover, a gilt text block top edge, and a profusion of illustrations, maps, and plans. Here is the first British edition, first printing of Volume I, a very good copy in the correct first printing dust jacket. This first volume covers the years 1708 to 1722, taking Marlborough's story up to the 1702 death of William III. It is a substantial 612 pages with 35 illustrations, 14 maps and plans, and 8 document facsimiles. The plum cloth binding remains square and tight with no color shift between the spine and covers, bright gilt, and sharp corners. We note only a hint of sunning at the spine ends corresponding to minor dust jacket losses and a little mottling at the lower front corner. The contents remain bright. Differential toning to the endpapers corresponds to the dust jacket flaps and confirms that this copy has spent life jacketed. The sole previous ownership mark is a name and date of "5th June 1934" inked on the upper first free endpaper. There is only a trace if intermittent spotting within, with moderate spotting and age-toning to the fore and bottom edges. The dust jacket is the correct - and increasingly elusive - first printing, confirmed by an unclipped front flap that retains the original price with no telltale mention of "2nd Impression" or "3rd Impression". The jacket is highly complete, with minor losses at the spine ends and a .75 inch closed tear at the lower half of the spine (with no loss). The jacket shows overall soiling with significant spine toning. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A97.2(I).a, Woods/ICS A40(aa), Langworth p.166. Item #002497

Price: $250.00

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