The First Collected Works. Centenary Limited Edition.London: Library of Imperial History in association with the Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd, 1973-6 Stock Code: 129564
Superb set of Churchill's worksFirst complete collected edition, one of 1,750 sets published. The Centenary Edition is the only full collected works of Winston Churchill, reproducing his 50 books in 34 volumes. The Library of Imperial History went bankrupt before the projected run of 3,000 sets could be completed, so "the print run never exceeded 2,000 copies and only 1,750 sets were ever published" (Cohen). "The specifications were titanic: five million words in 19,000 pages, weighing 19 lbs, taking up 4.5 ft of shelf space. To achieve publication, 11 publishing houses in Great Britain, the United States and Canada released their individual copyrights in exchange for the promise that no other complete edition of Churchill works would be published until the expiration of international copyright in 2019" (Richard M. Langworth).
Together, 34 volumes, octavo. Original full vellum with 22-carat gold blocking, including titles to spines, armorial device to front covers and ruling to spines and front covers, gilt edges, marbled endpapers, printed on Archive Long-Life Text Paper. Housed in the original green imitation leather slipcases stamped with the Churchill arms in gilt.
Frontispieces, 7 plates, with folding maps and illustrations throughout to the text.
Typical natural variation to the tone of the vellum and occasional patches of minor discolouration, light cockling to vellum in places, slipcases scuffed with some shelf wear, slipcases tight as usual. A very good set.
Cohen AA1; Langworth ICS AA1; Woods p. 391.
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