Winston S Churchill, Volume VII, Road to Victory 1941-1945. Martin Gilbert.
Winston S Churchill, Volume VII, Road to Victory 1941-1945
Winston S Churchill, Volume VII, Road to Victory 1941-1945
Winston S Churchill, Volume VII, Road to Victory 1941-1945
Winston S Churchill, Volume VII, Road to Victory 1941-1945

Winston S Churchill, Volume VII, Road to Victory 1941-1945

London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1986. First edition. Hardcover. This is the British first edition, first printing of the seventh (penultimate) volume of the Official Biography of Winston S. Churchill. This seventh volume spans the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in late 1941 and America’s official entry into the war to Victory in Europe, 8 May 1945. This is the period that cemented Churchill's place in history, encompassing the majority of his first premiership and his extraordinary wartime leadership. Volumes I-V of the British first edition of the Official Biography were all bound in red cloth with red topstain and solid color dust jackets. Volumes VI-VIII were issued by the publisher in two different options - one with a different color binding, no topstain and a pictorial dust jacket and one with a red cloth binding, red topstain and a solid color dust jacket. Here is the pictorial dust jacket issue of the British first edition of Volume VII, bound in blue cloth with the illustrated dust jacket front face featuring Churchill prominent among a bevy of Allied military commanders landing on the eastern bank of the Rhine on 25 March 1945, the rear face featuring a photograph of Churchill during his Victory Broadcast of 8 May 1945. Condition is near fine plus in a near fine plus dust jacket. The blue cloth binding is square, clean, and tight with sharp corners and bright spine gilt. We note just a little wrinkling to the spine ends. The contents are immaculate with no previous ownership marks and no spotting. The dust jacket is bright, clean, and complete, with no loss or tears and retaining the original front flap price. A touch of wrinkling to the spine ends is the only appreciable flaw to report. 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. Reference: Zoller A301g. Item #005508

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