-The Centenary Edition" Complete in 38 Volumes-


First Thus

By: Winston S. Churchill

Library of Imperial History [London]

Biblio: (Cohen AA1)(Woods AA1)

Large 8vo

Hardcover [Full vellum leather]

Item Number: 3872

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Collector's Guide

If I Lived My Life Again is a heavily abridged but nevertheless well-chosen compilation of Churchill’s writings and speeches assembled by journalist Jack Fishman, who wrote the first biography of Churchill’s wife, My Darling Clementine, published in 1963.


This is a nearly pristine example of the legendary 38-volume “Centenary Edition” of Churchill’s Collected Works, which was published on the occasion of what would have been Churchill’s 100th birthday. A deluxe limited edition reprinting every book-length title, together with four volumes that constituted the complete essays, collected for the first time, this set was issued, slipcased, in full white vellum bindings. The upper covers are gilt stamped with Churchill’s coat of arms, the spines are lettered in gilt and all fore-edges are gilt, with marbled endpapers and silk ribbon markers.

Of the intended 3,000 sets, an unknown number (fewer than 3,000) were ever actually bound. This set, Number: 1930, appears to be unopened. The vellum has yellowed here and there ever so slightly with age, particularly along the spines of a handful volumes, as is common with this set, but most volumes maintain their full white luster. The books are all in their original dark green slipcases embossed in gilt with the Churchill coat of arms. A scant few slipcases exhibit very slight wear but are uniquely fresh and bright. Overall, a peerless example of this monumental edition.