Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Volume III, The Challenge of War 1914-1916. Martin Gilbert.
Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Volume III, The Challenge of War 1914-1916
Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Volume III, The Challenge of War 1914-1916
Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Volume III, The Challenge of War 1914-1916
Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Volume III, The Challenge of War 1914-1916

Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Volume III, The Challenge of War 1914-1916

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1971. First U.S. edition. Hardcover. This is the U.S. first edition of the third volume of the Official Biography of Winston S. Churchill. This third volume of the Official Biography spans the period from August 1914 to December 1916, one of the most tumultuous periods of Churchill's career. In 1914 Churchill was the First Lord of the Admiralty, a key Cabinet post in a wartime government. In 1915, failure of the Dardanelles offensive and ensuing slaughter at Gallipoli saw Churchill scapegoated and forced to resign. 1916 saw Churchill in political exile, serving as a lieutenant colonel leading a battalion in the trenches. This U.S. first edition, first printing, is fine in a very 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 book feels unread. The green dust jacket is unclipped, retaining the original publisher’s front flap price, and complete, with no loss. Wear is mostly confined to extremities with a few small scuffs to the upper faces and lower spine. The spine shows mild, even color shift but all print remains clearly legible. 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. These 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 A301c. Item #005490

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