Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Volume IV, The Stricken World 1916-1922. Martin Gilbert.
Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Volume IV, The Stricken World 1916-1922
Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Volume IV, The Stricken World 1916-1922
Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Volume IV, The Stricken World 1916-1922
Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Volume IV, The Stricken World 1916-1922

Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Volume IV, The Stricken World 1916-1922

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1975. First U.S. edition. Hardcover. This is the U.S. first edition of the fourth volume of the Official Biography of Winston S. Churchill. This fourth volume covers the period 1916-1922, including Churchill's return to London from political exile and the trenches of the Western Front and his rejoining the Cabinet as part of Lloyd George's Coalition Government, and ending with the year Churchill lost his seat in Parliament and found himself out of office for the first time since 1900. This U.S. first edition, first printing, is fine in a good dust jacket. The binding is square, clean, bright, and tight with no appreciable wear or defects. The contents are immaculate with no spotting, no previous ownership marks, and clean page edges. The dust jacket was issued in a gray-green color with white and red print on the spine and front face. The gray color faded almost instantly when exposed to sun, leaching the gray and leaving only a bright green. This jacket is no exception, sunned on the spine and most of the front face, retaining the gray color only on the rear face. Nonetheless, the jacket is complete, unclipped with no loss. We note some wear to extremities, modest overall scuffing, and a closed tear at the lower front hinge. The dust jacket is protected beneath a removable, clear, archival cover. The Official Biography was begun by Winston’s son, Randolph Churchill (1911-1968), and completed by Sir Martin Gilbert (1936-2015). In 1962, at the age of 25, Martin Gilbert joined Churchill's biography team, then led by Churchill's son Randolph. Of what became his life's work, Gilbert says: "I'd thought I'd last four or five months." Instead, when Randolph died in 1968 with only two of the eight volumes completed, Gilbert took over, committing the substantial portion of his scholarship and life's work to documenting, comprehending, and communicating what Gilbert called the "remarkable and versatile life" of Winston Churchill. The result is an epic piece of scholarship about a singularly epic life. The British first editions of the eight main text volumes were originally published between 1966 and 1988. These substantial volumes comprise the narrative story of Churchill’s life. The British first editions were bound in solid red cloth. The U.S. editions were more elaborately bound, with tan linen spines over blue buckram boards with blue spine title blocks printed in red and gilt. The bindings also feature head and foot bands and red ruled transitions at the border between the tan linen and blue buckram. Reference: Zoller A301d. Item #005489

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