His Life and Times.London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd, 1933-8 Stock Code: 145889
Inscribed by ChurchillFirst editions, first impressions, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper of vol. I: "Inscribed by Winston S. Churchill September 1938", along with a loosely-inserted presentation slip on Chartwell letterhead typed "With Mr. Winston Churchill's compliments".
Churchill's biography of the first Duke of Marlborough, his ancestor who led British forces to victory against Louis XIV, "took its place at once among the classics of historical writing. As the story of his ancestor's leadership of a grand alliance to prevent the domination of the continent by a single power, it was also a source of inspiration to Churchill in his campaign against appeasement" (ODNB).
4 volumes, octavo. Original purple cloth over lightly bevelled boards, gilt-lettered spines, Marlborough crest gilt to front covers, top edges gilt.
Portrait frontispiece to each volume, 99 additional plates, 14 facsimiles of letters, and 182 maps and plans, several folding.
Neat ownership signature of front free endpaper of vol. III. Spines lightly sunned as usual (save for vol. IV), some light marking and soiling to cloth but generally clean, slight bumping in patches, vol. I with slight separation in gutter following frontispiece, occasional light foxing. A very good, tight set.
Cohen A97.2(I-IV).a; Langworth pp. 166-8; Woods A40(a).
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