Winston S. Churchill – A History of the English Speaking Peoples – First UK Editions 1956-58

Winston S. Churchill – A History of the English Speaking Peoples – First UK Editions 1956-58

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Winston S. Churchill – A History of the English Speaking Peoples – First UK Editions 1956-58

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A set of first edition, first printings published by Cassell between 1956-1958. London: Cassell and Company, 1956-8. [English History]. Octavo (25 x 17 x 15cm), pp.[2]; xxii; 416; pp.[2]; xii; 344; [2]; pp.[2]; xii; 332; [6]; pp.[2]; xii; 322. With occasional in-text maps and plans. In publisher’s red cloth with gilt titles to spines, top edges red, pictorial dust-jackets priced at 30s. No inscriptions, some foxing, jackets with a few small chips and tears. A very good set. This is the author’s last great work, only available some twenty years after he wrote the first draft, which then lay dormant whilst he attended to National and Parliamentary matters. In his preface he remarks that the book ‘slumbered peacefully’, until 1956, ‘when things had quietened down’. Reading reports of the last decade of his life, one is struck by the central interest this history represented in his final years, and how rapidly he sank into decline and depression after the final volume was published.

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A set of first edition, first printings published by Cassell between 1956-1958. London: Cassell and Company, 1956-8. [English History]. Octavo (25 x 17 x 15cm), pp.[2]; xxii; 416; pp.[2]; xii; 344; [2]; pp.[2]; xii; 332; [6]; pp.[2]; xii; 322. With occasional in-text maps and plans. In publisher’s red cloth with gilt titles to spines, top edges red, pictorial dust-jackets priced at 30s. No inscriptions, some foxing, jackets with a few small chips and tears. A very good set. This is the author’s last great work, only available some twenty years after he wrote the first draft, which then lay dormant whilst he attended to National and Parliamentary matters. In his preface he remarks that the book ‘slumbered peacefully’, until 1956, ‘when things had quietened down’. Reading reports of the last decade of his life, one is struck by the central interest this history represented in his final years, and how rapidly he sank into decline and depression after the final volume was published.

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