-First English Edition Set in Fine Leather Binding-


First English Edition Set

By: Winston S. Churchill

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 [Full Navy-Blue Morocco leather]

Item Number: 204352


Collector's Guide

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 First English edition set exquisitely rebound by Bayntun of Bath (for the late-Kroch and Brentano’s bookstore of Chicago) in full navy-blue morocco leather, has Churchill’s signature in gilt across each face. The endpapers are marbled, all edges are gilded, the spines elaborately gilt-tooled, lettered and dated in six compartments with raised bands. The contents are fine and unfoxed, the lower binding edges are just a trifle roughed. The set was slightly trimmed for binding. A dazzling piece of work.