Norwalk, Connecticut: Easton Press, 1992. Full leather. These four volumes are the striking, full leather Easton Press edition of Churchill's sweeping history and last great work. This set features full navy blue leather bindings with hubbed spines, twin red spine labels, and elaborate gilt decoration. The contents are printed on acid-neutral archival quality paper and are bound with all edges gilt, satin ribbon page markers, sewn pages, and moire silk endpapers. Condition is as new. The bindings are pristine with no signs of wear or handling. The contents remain crisp and immaculate. The satin ribbon markers are still in the original positions as placed by the publisher. The books are clearly unread. An unaffixed and unmarked Easton bookplate is laid into each volume.
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.
Reference: Cohen A267.24, Langworth p.325. Item #006302