A HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING PEOPLES

-The Chartwell Edition-

1956-1958

First English “Chartwell Edition”

Educational Book Co. [London]

Biblio: (Cohen A267.2) (Woods 138d)

8vo (440 pages, 350 pages, 352 pages & 346 pages, illustrated with maps and tables)

Hardcover [Blue cloth]

Item Number: 18155

$1,500.00

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.

Description

Published simultaneously with the First English edition but sold by subscription only, this Chartwell Edition constituted the first illustrated edition of Churchill’s monumental history. Here is a virtually mint example, still in the original, rarely-seen, plasticine dust wrappers. The four volumes are richly bound in blue cloth with red leather spine labels. The text is, of course, profusely illustrated with black and white photographs. The spine labels are still fresh, the gilt bright, the contents clean, tight, and unfoxed.