A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.London: Cassell and Company Ltd, 1956-8 Stock Code: 140946
First editions, first impressions, of Churchill's great history of Britain, the British Empire, and the United States.
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, octavo. Original red cloth, spines lettered in gilt, top edges red. With the dust jackets.
Several maps and genealogical tables to text.
Letter of presentation addressed to "Vincent Evans" laid in to Vol. I, with their ownership inscription to Vol IV; bookplate to Vol III. Spines ends and extremities lightly rubbed, internally clean, edges of text blocks free from spots and marks; a very good set in bright jackets, slightly scuffed with creases to spine ends.
With the exception of framed items*, Peter Harrington offers free delivery on all UK orders of rare books, maps and prints placed through this website. Delivery to USA and the rest of the world is similarly free for orders over £200.
Established in 1969, Peter Harrington is one of the leading rare book firms in the world. It is a proud member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association – along with ILAB, the PBFA and Lapada – and from shops in Mayfair and Chelsea, London, sells rare books, prints and ephemera to customers across the world.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7591 0220