Marlborough His Life and Times: Volume V, The Years of Mastery, 1705-1708. Winston S. Churchill.
Marlborough His Life and Times: Volume V, The Years of Mastery, 1705-1708
Marlborough His Life and Times: Volume V, The Years of Mastery, 1705-1708
Marlborough His Life and Times: Volume V, The Years of Mastery, 1705-1708
Marlborough His Life and Times: Volume V, The Years of Mastery, 1705-1708

Marlborough His Life and Times: Volume V, The Years of Mastery, 1705-1708

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1937. First edition, only printing. Hardcover. This is the penultimate volume of Churchill's Marlborough: His Life and Times, the U.S. first edition in the rare and distinctive first state 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 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 differs quite dramatically from the later blue and gold issue dust jackets, being printed red and black on white paper, bearing a front face illustration, and matching in design the slipcases for the first state issue Volumes I & II and III & IV sets. 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, Volume V being the most scarce in our experience. This is a near fine copy in a very good first state dust jacket. The dust jacket is unclipped and highly complete, with only fractional loss at the spine ends and upper rear flap fold. The original $4.50 front flap price is intact. We note modest sunning of the red spine print, a short closed tear and some wrinkling at the spine head, and a little soiling to the lower spine. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover. The book beneath is an unusually clean example. The green cloth binding is notably tight, clean, and square with sharp corners and virtually no wear. Of particular note, the spine is wholly unfaded with very bright gilt - a rarity since the Volume V gilt is exceedingly prone to fading. The contents are bright and clean with no spotting. We would grade this copy as fine if not for a trivial moisture stain confined to a narrow strip of the lower fore edge of the first free endpaper and half-title. The first free endpaper bears a simple inked inscription "Poppa from Buzz" and a tiny Boston bookshop sticker. There is slight age-toning to the otherwise clean page edges. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A97.4(V).b, Woods/ICS A40(ba), Langworth p.169. Item #003099

Price: $450.00

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