London: Kaye & Ward Ltd., 1969. Interleaved issue of the second, revised edition. Hardcover. This is the most compelling issue of the first bibliography of the works of Sir Winston Churchill - the quite scarce "Interleaved" issue of the second, revised edition.
This edition of 1969 corrected a number of errors and omissions from the first edition of 1963. Seldom encountered, this "Interleaved edition" is quite different from the normal editions. It is quite considerably thicker owing to the publisher's insertion of blank leaves throughout the text. This not only makes for a considerably thicker volume, but is also a wonderfully humble acknowledgement by both publisher and author of the inevitable fallibility of the bibliographic effort and an invitation to collector emendations. This was designated by the publisher as a specific "edition" (even though, strictly bibliographically speaking, it is actually an issue); The words "(interleaved edition)" are printed on both the lower front dust jacket and the copyright page, along with a specific, unique ISBN for this issue.
For a bibliography, this is a handsome book, the contents bound with a yellow and gold headband, a blue ribbon marker, and a dark mustard yellow topstain that matches the similarly hued endpapers and dust jacket, both of quality, laid paper stock. Condition is near fine in a very good plus dust jacket. The blue buckram binding is square and tight with sharp corners and bright spine gilt. Mild shelf wear is confined to extremities. The contents are clean with no spotting or previous ownership marks and the topstain retains uniform, unfaded color. The dust jacket is complete, with no loss and retaining the original publisher’s price on the lower front flap. The jacket shows mild soiling and light wear to extremities and is now protected beneath a clear, removable, archival cover.
In 1963, Frederick Woods published the first serious bibliography of the works of Winston Churchill. Though now superseded by Ronald Cohen's excellent bibliography (2006), Woods's Bibliography is still an important reference source. "The first serious bibliography, this work discovered numerous pieces not even remembered by Churchill or his family. The first edition suffered from a surfeit of detail errors, particularly in description of American editions; many were corrected in the revised editions. The work is now, of course, far out of date, but it remains an important source work for scholars." (Zoller, A236, p.47)
Reference: Zoller A236. Item #006680