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

Marlborough: His Life and Times, Volume III

London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd. 1936. First edition, only printing. Hardcover. This is a jacketed British first edition, only printing of the third volume of Churchill's Marlborough - suitable for helping to fill a jacketed first edition set. Winston 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. This decade saw Churchill pass into his sixties with his own future as uncertain as that of his nation. It is perhaps not incidental that Churchill’s great work of the 1930s was about a great ancestor. Churchill may have wondered more than once if the life history he was writing might ultimately eclipse his own. 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." Two months after Volume I was published, on 12 December 1933, T.E. Lawrence wrote to Churchill: “I finished it only yesterday. I wish I had not… The skeleton of the book is so good. Its parts balance and the main stream flows… Marlborough has the big scene-painting, the informed pictures of men, the sober comment on political method, the humour, irony and understanding of your normal writing: but beyond that it shows more discipline and strength: and great dignity. It is history, solemn and decorative.” 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, only printing of Volume III, a very good copy of the first edition, only printing in a very good dust jacket, seldom found thus outside of a complete set. 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. The plum cloth binding retains vivid color and is square, clean, and tight with bright gilt, sharp corners, and nicely rounded spine. We note only a hint of sunning to the top edge where sun slipped past the top of the jacket and a thin line of sunning across the publisher's name at the spine heel, corresponding to a thin line of dust jacket loss The contents remain bright and crisp. Spotting is confined to the otherwise bright and clean page edges, which do not show typical age-toning. The top edge gilt remains bright. The sole previous ownership name is in faded ink on the front pastedown and dated "Xmas 1936". The dust jacket is complete apart from a neatly price-clipped lower front flap and small gouges in the border rules at the lower spine and lower rear face. Shelf presentation is nonetheless quite respectable, with only mild toning. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A97.2(III).a, Woods/ICS A40(aa), Langworth p.166. Item #003481

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