A HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING PEOPLES
[First English Edition Set in Dust Jackets]
First English Edition Set
Cassell and Co. [London]
Biblio: (Cohen A267.1[I-IV].a) (Woods A138a)
8vo (440 pages, 350 pages, 352 pages & 346 pages. Illustrated with maps and tables.)
Hardcover (with Dust Jackets) [Red cloth]
Item Number: 204932
A History of the English-Speaking Peoples was Winston Churchill’s last great work; a sweeping, four-volume history of England, her colonies, and the language that Churchill so venerated and ennobled in his own writings. Published nearly twenty years after Churchill composed his first draft in the late-1930s, the books were released after the war simultaneously in Britain, the U.S., and Canada over a period of three years. The original English edition was handsomely printed, the American and Canadian editions less so. Subsequent re-issues and abridgments abound.
This is a very good First English edition set, in unclipped dust jackets that are extraordinarily fresh and unfaded, with some darkening to the spine of Volume II and a tiny chip at the spine head of Volume III, else fine. The books are similarly bright, with largely unfaded red topstains, save for Volume II, which has faded. The cloth of all volumes is very faintly dampstained, the contents are fine, with very light, scattered foxing to the prelims and fore-edges only.
A quite handsome set overall.