A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, a full set of four volumes of the Limited Presentation Issue of the Canadian first edition, each signed by the publisher on the limitation page. Winston S. Churchill.
A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, a full set of four volumes of the Limited Presentation Issue of the Canadian first edition, each signed by the publisher on the limitation page
A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, a full set of four volumes of the Limited Presentation Issue of the Canadian first edition, each signed by the publisher on the limitation page
A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, a full set of four volumes of the Limited Presentation Issue of the Canadian first edition, each signed by the publisher on the limitation page
A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, a full set of four volumes of the Limited Presentation Issue of the Canadian first edition, each signed by the publisher on the limitation page
A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, a full set of four volumes of the Limited Presentation Issue of the Canadian first edition, each signed by the publisher on the limitation page
A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, a full set of four volumes of the Limited Presentation Issue of the Canadian first edition, each signed by the publisher on the limitation page
A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, a full set of four volumes of the Limited Presentation Issue of the Canadian first edition, each signed by the publisher on the limitation page
A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, a full set of four volumes of the Limited Presentation Issue of the Canadian first edition, each signed by the publisher on the limitation page
A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, a full set of four volumes of the Limited Presentation Issue of the Canadian first edition, each signed by the publisher on the limitation page

A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, a full set of four volumes of the Limited Presentation Issue of the Canadian first edition, each signed by the publisher on the limitation page

Toronto: McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1956. Limited Presentation Issue of the Canadian first edition. Hardcover. This is the publisher’s limited presentation issue of the Canadian first edition, one of 350 sets issued thus. These presentation copies are distinguished by a special limitation page preceding the half-title of each volume, with the autograph signature of the publisher, John McClelland. This is not only a full, four-volume presentation set, but a lifelong, mated set, as evidenced by the fact that the “presented to” line of each special limitation page is inked in blue with the same owner name. “Andrew Wright Sr” and his Victoria address is inked in Volumes I-III and “Andrew Wright” with no address in Volume IV. The publisher signed in blue ink “John McClelland” above the printed name of the publisher on each limitation page. Additionally, an undated holiday card from McClelland & Stewart Limited is laid in Volume I. In 1906, John McClelland co-founded the publishing company that became McClelland and Stewart Limited in 1918. John McClelland remained chairman of the board of directors until his death in 1968. His son, Jack, became company president in 1961. Today the company is owned by the University of Toronto and Random House. Condition of this set is fine in dust jackets varying from very good plus to very good minus. The bindings are uniformly clean, bright, tight, and square with only the most trivial shelf wear. The contents are uniformly clean and bright with no spotting and no previous ownership marks other than those already described on the limitation pages. The dust jackets for this edition were highly prone to sunning, particularly the red hues of the Volume II-IV spine panels and the red Volume I spine, and the blue Volume IV spine. In this set, Volumes II-IV retain bright, unfaded red spine panels and Volume I retains strong red color. Only the blue of the Volume IV spine shows significant fading, though the white and black spine print remains clearly legible. All four jackets in this set are respectably clean and complete, with only fractional chipping to a few extremities. We note modest wear to hinges and extremities. All four jackets are protected beneath removable, archival quality clear covers. Churchill's four-volume epic, A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, was published between 1956 and 1958.  The work traces a great historical arc from Roman Britain through the end of the Nineteenth Century, ending with the death of Queen Victoria. Perhaps not coincidentally, this is the very year that saw Churchill conclude his first North American lecture tour, take his first seat in Parliament, and begin to make history himself. The work itself was two decades in the making.  The Churchillian conceptions that underpinned it were lifelong. The cultural commonality and vitality of English-speaking peoples animated Churchill throughout his life, from his Victorian youth in an ascendant British Empire to his twilight in the midst of the American century. Churchill began A History of the English-Speaking Peoples in the 1930s, completing a draft of "about half a million words" which was set aside when Churchill returned to the Admiralty and to war in September 1939.  The work was fittingly interrupted by an unprecedented alliance among the English-speaking peoples during the Second World War - an alliance Churchill personally did much to cultivate, cement, and sustain.  The interruption continued as Churchill bent his literary efforts to his six-volume history, The Second World War, and then his remaining political energies to his second and final premiership from 1951-1955. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A267.5(I-IV), Woods A138(ad.1), Langworth p.321. Item #005472

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