Marlborough: His Life and Times. Winston S. Churchill.
Marlborough: His Life and Times
Marlborough: His Life and Times
Marlborough: His Life and Times
Marlborough: His Life and Times
Marlborough: His Life and Times
Marlborough: His Life and Times
Marlborough: His Life and Times

Marlborough: His Life and Times

London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd. 1947. First two-volume edition. Hardcover. Here is the first printing of the first (unabridged) two-volume edition, an exceptionally clean set in the scarce dust jackets. 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 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. It has been said that "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. After the Second World War, paper restrictions led the publisher to reconfigure Marlborough (the full, unabridged text) into a two-volume edition. This edition was bound in a similar color and style to the first edition, in maroon cloth with the Marlborough coat of arms in gilt on the front cover. The two volumes are 1050 and 1078 pages respectively, with the same profusion of maps and plans throughout that characterized the first edition. Between 1947 and 1969 there were seven printings of this two-volume edition. Here is the 1947 first printing of the first two volume edition, a fine set in very good dust jackets. The burgundy cloth bindings remain square, clean, bright, and tight with sharp corners, vivid spine gilt, and no appreciable wear. The contents are bright with no previous ownership marks. Faint differential toning to the endpapers corresponding to the dust jacket flaps confirms what the bright bindings already tell us - that this set has spent its life jacketed. We find no spotting and no previous ownership marks. The burgundy topstain retains uniformly dark, unfaded color. The dust jackets are unclipped, retaining the original front flap prices, and, unique to this first printing, feature the Harrap flying horse on the rear panels. The unfaded jacket spines feature bright, unfaded pink spine print and show no toning. We note some trivial chipping and short closed tears to extremities and some soiling to the rear faces. The dust jackets are protected with removable, archival quality clear covers. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A97.6.a, Woods/ICS A40(d.1), Langworth p.173. Item #004171

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