London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1981. First edition, only printing. Hardcover. The Official Biography of Winston Churchill, initiated by Randolph Churchill but completed by Martin Gilbert, is an epic piece of scholarship about a singularly epic life, comprising eight mammoth main text volumes and - so far - eighteen accompanying document or "Companion" volumes. The eight main text volumes were published between 1966 and 1988. Publication of the Companion volumes was completed in 2019.
The British first editions of the Companion volumes for Volume V of the Official Biography are among the most keenly sought and prohibitive to acquire of all first edition Official Biography volumes. There was only a single printing in England and the Volume V Companions were published in smaller quantities than other Companion volumes. Here is the second of the three Volume V Companions, the British first edition, only printing. The volume contains documents from the years 1929-1935, from the time when Churchill lost his leadership position and his fortune, entering the "wilderness years" of the 1930s when he was out of power and out of favor, persistently seeking to draw attention, resources and resolve to face the growing Nazi threat.
Condition is very good in a very good plus dust jacket. The mammoth red cloth binding remains square and intact with sharp corners and bright spine gilt. We note very light scuffing and shelf wear. The contents remain bright with no previous ownership marks. Spotting and soiling is confined to the page edges. The red-stained top edge is only mildly sunned. The dust jacket is complete, with no losses or tears. There were two prices on the lower front dust jacket flap, an introductory price good “until 1st September, 1981” and a higher price above. Both prices remain intact. We note very light soiling and overall toning, but no appreciable sunning of the spine text. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover. Please note that this large, heavy book may require additional postage.
Reference: Zoller A302e2. Item #003203