A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.London: The Educational Book Company Ltd, 1956-58 Stock Code: 138392
First edition of the Chartwell Edition, the first illustrated edition of Churchill's great history of Britain, the British Empire, and the United States, the second overall.
Churchill began his history during his period in the political wilderness in the early 1930s, but did not complete it until the latter 1950s, after his final retirement as Prime Minister. The events of the Second World War, the major interruption in the writing process, had reconfirmed his belief in the "special relationship", the shared heritage and destiny of Britain and the United States. Consequently he gave considerable attention to the key events of American history, especially the War of Independence and the Civil War.
The work met with acclaim and proved an international best-seller, further vindicating Churchill's awarding of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. A masterpiece of readable, popular history, it remains in print today.
4 volumes, large octavo. Original blue cloth, gilt-panelled spines with red sheep labels lettered in gilt, front covers lettered and ruled in gilt, top edges blue, blue and white endbands.
With plates, diagrams and tables throughout.
Occasional bumps to tips, faint water stain to front cover of vol. 3, minor water stains to cover of vol. 4 and fore-edges of volumes 1 and 2. Covers a little marked and scratched, but spines firm and square, contents bright and clean. A very good set.
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