Item #006949 Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, The War Papers, Volume 1, At the Admiralty, September 1939 - May 1940, Volume 2, Never Surrender, May 1940 - December 1940, and Volume 3, The Ever-Widening War, 1941 - Volumes 1 & 2 signed and dated in London by the author, Sir Martin Gilbert, Volume 1 signed on the occasion of publication. Martin Gilbert.
Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, The War Papers, Volume 1, At the Admiralty, September 1939 - May 1940, Volume 2, Never Surrender, May 1940 - December 1940, and Volume 3, The Ever-Widening War, 1941 - Volumes 1 & 2 signed and dated in London by the author, Sir Martin Gilbert, Volume 1 signed on the occasion of publication
Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, The War Papers, Volume 1, At the Admiralty, September 1939 - May 1940, Volume 2, Never Surrender, May 1940 - December 1940, and Volume 3, The Ever-Widening War, 1941 - Volumes 1 & 2 signed and dated in London by the author, Sir Martin Gilbert, Volume 1 signed on the occasion of publication
Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, The War Papers, Volume 1, At the Admiralty, September 1939 - May 1940, Volume 2, Never Surrender, May 1940 - December 1940, and Volume 3, The Ever-Widening War, 1941 - Volumes 1 & 2 signed and dated in London by the author, Sir Martin Gilbert, Volume 1 signed on the occasion of publication
Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, The War Papers, Volume 1, At the Admiralty, September 1939 - May 1940, Volume 2, Never Surrender, May 1940 - December 1940, and Volume 3, The Ever-Widening War, 1941 - Volumes 1 & 2 signed and dated in London by the author, Sir Martin Gilbert, Volume 1 signed on the occasion of publication
Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, The War Papers, Volume 1, At the Admiralty, September 1939 - May 1940, Volume 2, Never Surrender, May 1940 - December 1940, and Volume 3, The Ever-Widening War, 1941 - Volumes 1 & 2 signed and dated in London by the author, Sir Martin Gilbert, Volume 1 signed on the occasion of publication
Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, The War Papers, Volume 1, At the Admiralty, September 1939 - May 1940, Volume 2, Never Surrender, May 1940 - December 1940, and Volume 3, The Ever-Widening War, 1941 - Volumes 1 & 2 signed and dated in London by the author, Sir Martin Gilbert, Volume 1 signed on the occasion of publication
Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, The War Papers, Volume 1, At the Admiralty, September 1939 - May 1940, Volume 2, Never Surrender, May 1940 - December 1940, and Volume 3, The Ever-Widening War, 1941 - Volumes 1 & 2 signed and dated in London by the author, Sir Martin Gilbert, Volume 1 signed on the occasion of publication
Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, The War Papers, Volume 1, At the Admiralty, September 1939 - May 1940, Volume 2, Never Surrender, May 1940 - December 1940, and Volume 3, The Ever-Widening War, 1941 - Volumes 1 & 2 signed and dated in London by the author, Sir Martin Gilbert, Volume 1 signed on the occasion of publication
Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, The War Papers, Volume 1, At the Admiralty, September 1939 - May 1940, Volume 2, Never Surrender, May 1940 - December 1940, and Volume 3, The Ever-Widening War, 1941 - Volumes 1 & 2 signed and dated in London by the author, Sir Martin Gilbert, Volume 1 signed on the occasion of publication

Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, The War Papers, Volume 1, At the Admiralty, September 1939 - May 1940, Volume 2, Never Surrender, May 1940 - December 1940, and Volume 3, The Ever-Widening War, 1941 - Volumes 1 & 2 signed and dated in London by the author, Sir Martin Gilbert, Volume 1 signed on the occasion of publication

London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1993-2000. First edition, only printing. Hardcover. This is a set of British first editions of the three War Papers volumes, the final volumes of Winston Churchill’s Official Biography completed by Churchill’s official biographer, Sir Martin Gilbert. This set is rendered compelling not only by condition, but by the author’s dated inscriptions in the first two volumes.

In Volume 1, At the Admiralty, Gilbert signed on the title page just above his name “Martin Gilbert” and, in three lines at the bottom right of the title page, wrote “London | 10th May | 1993”. Affixed to the front free endpaper recto is a printed plate stating “This bookplate was issued by The International Churchill Society on the occasion of publication… At the RAC Club, London, 0n 10th May 1993”

Volume 2, Never Surrender, is inscribed by Gilbert on the title page. In three lines on the upper title page Gilbert wrote “To Gordon - | with the author’s regards | Martin Gilbert”. At the bottom right of the title page Gilbert wrote “London | 29 June 1995”

Volume 3, The Ever-Widening War, is unsigned, but tipped onto the front free endpaper recto is a contemporary printed and illustrated announcement and write-up about the volume published by The International Churchill Society.

All three volumes are in near fine or better condition in near fine or better dust jackets. The red cloth bindings of all three volumes are square, clean, and tight with sharp corners and bright spine gilt. We note only trivial shelf wear to extremities. The contents of all three volumes are crisp, clean, and bright with no spotting and no previous ownership marks. The dust jackets are crisp, clean, and complete, unclipped with no loss or appreciable wear. The only defect noted is mild sunning to the Volume 2 spine. All three dust jackets are protected in removable, archival quality clear covers.

The Official Biography of Winston Churchill is an epic piece of scholarship about a singularly epic life, comprising eight mammoth main text volumes (the narrative story of Churchill’s life) and twenty-three accompanying document or "Companion" volumes. The eight main text volumes were originally published between 1966 and 1988. These three War Papers volumes (which comprise document volumes fourteen, fifteen, and sixteen) were the last completed by Gilbert before his death.

The three volumes of The War Papers were published by Heinemann between 1993 and 2000. The first volume contains documents from the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939 to May 1940, the month that Churchill became Prime Minister and Germany invaded France and the Low Countries. The second volume extends from May 1940 through December 1940, with Britain having fought off the immediate threat of Nazi invasion in the Battle of Britain, but nonetheless weak, isolated, and starved for supplies by the U-boat menace. The third volume contains documents from 1941, which ended with the attack on Pearl Harbor, formal entry of the United States into the war, and Churchill addressing both a joint session of the U.S. Congress, as well as the Canadian Parliament. There were both British and U.S. editions. These British first editions are considerably more scarce (particularly Volumes 1 & 2) and desired by collectors than the U.S. first editions, which are similar in appearance.

Churchill’s 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, Gilbert joined Churchill's biography team, then led by Randolph. Of what became his life's work, Gilbert said: "I'd thought I'd last four or five months." Instead, when Randolph died in 1968 with only two of the eight main text narrative 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.

Reference: Zoller A302f1, A303f2, A302f3. Item #006949

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