-Taiwanese Pirated One-Volume Unabridged Edition in Dust Jacket-


Taiwanese Pirated One-Volume Edition

By: Winston S. Churchill

Zhuo Liu Qing Di, and Xinyue Books Co., Ltd. [Cassell and Co.] [London]

Biblio: (Cohen A267.11) (Woods A138a)

8vo (480 pages, illustrated with maps and tables.)

Hardcover (with Dust Jacket) [Red cloth]

Item Number: 201600


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.


A fascinating anomaly, this one-volume unabridged edition was illicitly produced by Taiwanese publishers in 1964 by photo-reproducing the complete texts from the four-volume Cassell (Sixth) edition and then binding the pages in reduced form into a single volume. The dust jacket (a poor quality reproduction of the original Cassel jacket for Volume I), is in very good condition, edge-chipped and a bit faded but intact and quite fresh. The contents are fine, with jacket flap toning to the front and rear free endpapers. Unique thus, and a particularly handy way to read this masterwork. No other unabridged one-volume edition was ever produced.