MARLBOROUGH: His Life and Times

-Deluxe Signed Limited Leatherbound First Edition-

1933-38

First Signed Limited Edition (1 of 155 copies)

By: Winston S. Churchill

George G. Harrap & Co. [London]

Biblio: (Cohen A97.1.a) (Woods A40a)

8vo (2,500+ pages, illustrated with portraits,maps, plans.)

Hardcover [Dark Orange leather]

Item Number: 209850

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Collector's Guide

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.

Description

One of the jewels of the Churchill canon, this Deluxe Edition of MARLBOROUGH was issued in a limitation of 155 signed leatherbound sets; one of only two pre-publication leatherbound Churchill first editions ever produced (the other being the “Presentation” edition of THE SECOND WORLD WAR). Stunningly bound in full dark-orange Niger by Leighton Straker, the books are each gilt-stamped on the upper board with the Marlborough crest, gilt-lettered on the spine in six compartments with raised bands, the top edges gilded and the endpapers richly marbled.

This set (number 63 of 155) is in astonishing condition, with just a hint of sun-fading to the spines. The contents appear unopened. Most significantly, the original card slipcases, which rarely survive, are present here with obvious shelfwear but altogether intact. The original acetate wrapper for Volume IV is also preserved.

Truly rare thus.