London: Cassell and Company, 1956-1958. First British editions of each of the four volumes of this set. Octavo, 4 volumes. Elegantly bound in full dark blue morocco. Gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In fine condition. "Churchills last great work was published nearly 20 years after he penned its first draft in the late 1930s, just after wrapping up [the biography of] Marlborough. This enabled him to utilize the literary team he had assembled for the biography, to which he added dozens of outlines he had solicited from scholars In its final form the original single volume evolved to four, each of which was published simultaneously in Britain, the USA and Canada a first for Churchills works" (Langworth, 312). (Inventory #: 12041)
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