Winston S. Churchill, His Complete Speeches 1897-1963, a full set of eight volumes. Winston S. Churchill.
Winston S. Churchill, His Complete Speeches 1897-1963, a full set of eight volumes
Winston S. Churchill, His Complete Speeches 1897-1963, a full set of eight volumes
Winston S. Churchill, His Complete Speeches 1897-1963, a full set of eight volumes

Winston S. Churchill, His Complete Speeches 1897-1963, a full set of eight volumes

New York: Chelsea House Publishers in association with R. R. Bowker Company, 1974. First edition. Hardcover. This is a full, eight-volume set of the first and only publication of Winston S. Churchill’s complete speeches. During more than half a century of public life Sir Winston Churchill delivered speeches whose incisive wit, artful cadence, stinging criticism, soaring sentiment, and resolute defiance still echo today. When Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953, it was partly "...for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values." This complete set of eight massive volumes contains the vast majority of Churchill's speeches from 1897 to 1963. The set is nearly 9,000 pages in length, takes up 18 inches of shelf space, and weighs 34 pounds. Before this incredible undertaking, many of Churchill's speeches had never been published in volume form. The Editor, Sir Robert Rhodes James (1933-1999) was a British biographer, historian, and politician. Like Churchill, he served as a Conservative Member of Parliament. In the words of the Editor “The project was the brainchild of a remarkable, and very eccentric, New York publisher called Harold Steinberg; it was Arthur Schlesinger’s idea that I should undertake it.” (Letter of 24 November 1995 to Churchill’s Bibliographer, Ronald I. Cohen). In this “truly formidable project” Rhodes James was aided by nine “eager and assiduous” young researchers. Not surprisingly given the magnitude of the project - and despite the ambitious titular designation “His Complete Speeches” - a (very) few speeches escaped inclusion. Nonetheless, this has been rightly called “an extraordinarily thorough and dependable resource”. A great many of these impressive sets ended up in libraries, and consequently bear ex-library wear and markings. This set, in very good plus condition, is NOT ex-library; in fact, we find no previous ownership marks whatsoever. Moreover, all eight bindings remain not only square and bright, but tight as well, with none of the looseness to which the massive text blocks proved prone. We note only incidental shelf wear to the bindings – a few trivial scuffs to the boards, a hint of wrinkling to spine ends, and a small bump to the top edge of the Volume IV front cover. The contents are immaculately bright. Trivial, barely discernible spotting appears confined to the otherwise clean top edges. Please note that this large, heavy set will likely require substantial postage. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A284.1, Woods/ICS A145(a), Langworth p.349. Item #005684

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