Marlborough: His Life and Times, a full set of four British first editions, finely bound in full red morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Winston S. Churchill.
Marlborough: His Life and Times, a full set of four British first editions, finely bound in full red morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe
Marlborough: His Life and Times, a full set of four British first editions, finely bound in full red morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe
Marlborough: His Life and Times, a full set of four British first editions, finely bound in full red morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe
Marlborough: His Life and Times, a full set of four British first editions, finely bound in full red morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe
Marlborough: His Life and Times, a full set of four British first editions, finely bound in full red morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe

Marlborough: His Life and Times, a full set of four British first editions, finely bound in full red morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe

London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd. 1933. First edition, first printing. Full leather. This is a spectacular, full, four-volume set of first editions of Marlborough: His Life and Times bound in full red morocco goatskin by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. The elegant bindings feature hubbed and gilt ruled spines, each bearing the title and author, as well as the individual volume numbers. There are gilt rule borders on the covers, gilt rules on the binding edges, gilt page edges, and gilt ruled turn-ins framing striking, marbled endpapers. Even the gold, red, and black head and foot bands are executed with noteworthy skill and aesthetic effect. “Bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, London, England” is gilt-stamped on each lower front pastedown. This venerable firm, founded by Francis Sangorski and George Sutcliffe in 1901, became recognized as one of the leading bookbinders in London. Like Churchill himself, Sangorski & Sutcliffe endured the First World War, the Great Depression, the Second World War, and post-war austerity. This truly gorgeous example of the fine binder’s craft is a reminder to collectors that not all fine bindings are created equal. Condition of the bindings is fine – square, tight, clean, bright, and supple with just a few trivial scuffs but no appreciable wear. The British first edition, first printing contents are well-suited to the bindings, notably crisp and bright with none of the spotting endemic to this edition and no previous ownership marks. 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." The work was well received. 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.” Please anticipate that this large, heavy set may require additional postage. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A97.2(I-IV).a, Woods/ICS A40(aa); Langworth p.166. Item #004118

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