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

Marlborough: His Life and Times, Volume V

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, only printing, a particularly clean copy, suitable for helping fill a superior U.S. first edition set in the uniform issue blue and gold dust jackets. 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. This copy is unusual thus, near fine in a dust jacket approaching near fine. Among the six U.S. first editions volumes of Marlborough, the Volume V binding proved uniquely susceptible to darkening of the spine gilt. The binding of this copy is an exception, strikingly bright and clean, with vivid spine gilt, the binding square and tight with only trivial wrinkling at the spine ends and a tiny bump to the lower front corner. The contents remain likewise bright, with no previous ownership marks and no spotting. We note only mild age-toning to the page edges and light soiling to the top edge. The blue and gold dust jacket is bright, clean, and unclipped, retaining the original “$2.75” front flap price. We note only fractional loss to the lower spine and corners, with some wrinkling to the spine ends and light wear to extremities. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover. 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. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A97.4(V).b, Woods/ICS A40(ba), Langworth p.169. Item #003978

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