Marlborough: His Life and Times, full set of four British first edition, first printings finely bound in three-quarter red morocco. Winston S. Churchill.
Marlborough: His Life and Times, full set of four British first edition, first printings finely bound in three-quarter red morocco
Marlborough: His Life and Times, full set of four British first edition, first printings finely bound in three-quarter red morocco
Marlborough: His Life and Times, full set of four British first edition, first printings finely bound in three-quarter red morocco
Marlborough: His Life and Times, full set of four British first edition, first printings finely bound in three-quarter red morocco

Marlborough: His Life and Times, full set of four British first edition, first printings finely bound in three-quarter red morocco

London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd. 1933. First edition, first printing. Leather bound. This is a full, four-volume British first edition, first printing set, beautifully rebound. The bindings feature sumptuously grained three-quarter red morocco over red cloth boards with generous leather corners, raised spine bands with gilt and black rules and gilt decoration, lion rampant device in spine compartments, ruled transitions, head and foot bands, gilt top edges, and laid paper endsheets. 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. 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 work was very well received, both critically and aesthetically. The first edition is a physically impressive production. The books measure 9.25 x 6.25 inches and are roughly 2 inches thick. The original bindings were a plum cloth with beveled edges, the Marlborough coat of arms gilt on the front cover, and a gilt top edge. Moreover, each volume is profusely illustrated. Unfortunately, the plum cloth bindings proved highly susceptible to sun fading. This set further refines the aesthetic of the first edition with a striking fine binding. We note a particularly prominent and attractive grain to the morocco of these three-quarter bindings. Condition of this set is fine. The bindings show no appreciable wear, soiling or fading and shelf appearance is superlative. The contents are crisp and clean for the edition. The spotting endemic to the edition is notably light, confined to page edges and a few prelims. We find no previous ownership marks. Note that there were later printings of both volumes I & II. We confirm that all four volumes are first printings of the British first edition. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A97.2(I-IV).a, Woods/ICS A40(aa); Langworth p.166. Item #003741

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