New York: Hawthorn Books, Inc., 1958. First thus. Hardcover. This is the two-volume, slipcased "Memorial Edition" and most comprehensive appearance of Lewis Broad's long-running biography of Winston Churchill. Often revised and extended over a period of several decades, this handsome two-volume edition features U.S. first edition sheets (Volume I issued in 1958 and Volume II issued in 1963) handsomely bound in black cloth with pale blue spine panels, wrapped in illustrated dust jackets, and housed in a stout black cardboard publisher's slipcase with a pasted label on the slipcase spine. Broad's long-running biographic effort is considered "heavily pro-Churchill" but nonetheless "A good reference work" that "convened an impressive number of resource documents in constructing what ended as a massive two-volume work." (Zoller, A36, p.12).
This set features near fine volumes in very good dust jackets. The bindings are beautifully square and tight with just a bit of wrinkling to the spine ends. The bright contents show no spotting or previous ownership marks apart from a tiny Pasadena bookseller sticker affixed to the first volume's front pastedown. Both dust jackets are neatly price-clipped but otherwise complete, with minor wear to extremities and a vertical scuff the length of the second volume's spine, a smaller vertical scuff adjacent to the front hinge of the upper spine of the first volume. Both dust jackets are protected in removable, archival quality clear covers. The publisher's slipcase is intact with overall scuffing and a split starting at one of the bottom edges.
Reference: Zoller A36ha&b. Item #004566