MARLBOROUGH: His Life and Times
-First American Edition Set in Correct First-State Dust Jackets-
First American Edition Set
Charles Scribners Sons [New York]
Biblio: (Cohen A97.4[I-VI].a (Woods A40b)
8vo (2,500+ pages, illustrated with portraits,maps, plans.)
Hardcover (with Dust Jackets) [Green cloth]
Item Number: 14431
Marlborough is Winston Churchill’s majestic biography of John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough; soldier, statesmen, hard-headed Churchillian ancestor. Initially published in England as a lush four-volume set and then as a somewhat less deluxe six-volume set in America, it was subsequently issued in an unabridged two-volume edition and a single-volume abridgment.
This is a very good First American edition set, all volumes in their rare, correct FIRST-STATE, unclipped dust jackets, as issued, with the original printed slipcases. Volumes I and II are in white dust jackets printed green and are slipcased as a set, as are Volumes III and IV. Volume V is in its unique off-white dust jacket printed red and black. Volume VI is in the familiar blue and gold dust jacket that made its first appearance here, before Scribner rewrapped the entire set in this jacket design uniformly (See: item #13765). The white jackets are all clean on their faces and intact. Volumes I and II have darkened with age and are faintly edge-chipped at the spine heads, with fractional loss of approximately one-inch along the lower spine of Volume II. They are otherwise in very good condition. The jackets of Volumes III and IV are clean and very bright but do have fractional losses at the spine heads that have been filled out with archival paper backing to each verso, as well as a triangular closed tear on the rear face of Volume III and a faint hint of scattered foxing to Volume IV. They are otherwise quit fine. Both slipcases are impressively bright, if very lightly scuffed and separating just a bit along the edges. All books are virtually mint.