Winston S. Churchill by Randolph Churchill and Martin Gilbert
Complete 8 Volume Collection
First Editions Published by Heinemann, London, 1966-1983
Custom Leather Bindings
Binding Details: Beautiful contemporary bindings comprised of three-quarter morocco leather over fabric boards that features a spine treatment of raised bands and extensive gilt decorations including the lion rampant and titling. All borders and transitions ruled in gold gilt. There are gilt ruled boards, silk head and foot bands, and the top page ends are gold gold gilted.
Book Details: These are the first edition, first printings of Winston Churchill’s official biography published in 8 volumes by Heinemann, London, with the first volume being published in 1966 and the last in 1983. “Churchill's official biography is the longest written biography of any person, living or dead. Curated over the course of more than twenty years, it provides a detailed history of the life of this famous statesman -- from his youth to early adventures in South Africa and India, his early career, and his more than fifty years on the world's stage -- chronicled through Churchill's letters and papers, and through hundreds of private archives. Volumes I and II were written by Churchill's only son Randolph. In 1962, Sir Martin Gilbert began work as one of Randolph Churchill's research assistants, and in 1968, after Randolph Churchill's death, he became the official biographer of Winston Churchill.” (The Churchill Project)
The following are the titles of the books in the collection:
Youth, 1874–1900 (Volume I)
Young Statesman, 1901–1914 (Volume II)
The Challenge of War, 1914–1916 (Volume III)
World in Torment, 1916–1922 (Volume IV)
The Prophet of Truth, 1922–1939 (Volume V)
Finest Hour, 1939–1941 (Volume VI)
Road to Victory, 1941–1945 (Volume VII)
Never Despair, 1945–1965 (Volume VIII)
British Poet Paul St John Mackintosh commenting on the biography wrote, “In the definitive biography of Sir Winston Churchill, his son Randolph—and later Sir Martin Gilbert, who took up the work following Randolph’s death—had the full use of Sir Winston’s letters and papers, and also many hundreds of private archives. The work spans eight volumes, detailing Churchill’s youth and early adventures in South Africa and India, his early career, and his more than fifty years on the world stage. No other statesman of modern times—or indeed of any age—has left such a wealth of personal letters, such a rich store of private and public documentation, such vivid memories in the minds of those who worked closest to him. Through these materials, assembled over the course of more than twenty years, one is able to know Churchill in a way never before possible. My appetite is keenest for the volumes authored by Martin Gilbert, eminent Churchill scholar and Holocaust historian, whose one-volume distillation of this epic has been described as “the most scholarly study of Churchill in war and peace ever written.” Michael Foot said of Gilbert’s 20+-year stint as official biographer that: “Whoever made the decision to make Martin Gilbert Churchill’s biographer deserves a vote of thanks from the nation. Nothing less would suffice.”
Each volume is profusely illustrated with a large number of maps, tables, charts, photographs, and folding plates and measures approximately 9” x 6”. Also included in each volume is a preface, table of contents, list of illustrations, and an extensive index.
Condition Report: The bindings are in FINE condition. Internally, the books are very clean and there are no bookplates or signs of previous ownership. Overall, these are very attractive leather bindings in exceptional condition that house the first editions, first printings of the critically acclaimed biography of Winston Churchill.
Photographs of the bindings and 2 stock illustrations from the books appear in the photo section of the listing.