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[The First Chartwell Edition ("Deluxe" Binding)]

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By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First Chartwell Editio ("Deluxe" Binding)
Biblio: (Cohen A240.7.a) (Woods A123d)
Date: 1955
Published: Educational Book Co. Ltd. [London]
Size (Details): Large 8vo (Pages: 661, 612, 744, 822, 607, 638,profusely illustrated)
Binding: Hardcover (with Dust Jacket) [Blue leather]
Volumes: 6 Volumes

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 206624



The best-selling six-volume history that helped gain Churchill a Nobel Prize for literature. Published first in the U.S., the ensuing English edition contained numerous corrections and even a few additional maps. It is therefore considered more definitive, though today the American edition may be rarer. The series was simultaneously published by the Book-of-the-Month-Club, printed on the same presses as the first editions, and thus today can easily be confused with them.

Description: This is a brilliant example of the rarely-seen "Deluxe Binding" of the already rare "Chartwell Edition," which was sold by subscription only in early 1955, bound thusly in the "Deluxe" blue quarter-leather or in a "Standard" red cloth binding with leather spine labels.
Winston Churchill wrote in a note to this edition, dated 1 October 1954: "Now a special edition is being published, illustrated for the first time, in which all those first minor errors have been corrected." The set presents Churchill's definitive final text in readably large type, along with hundreds of illustrations on coated paper. Each volume contains a color frontispiece and three-color maps. There were no dust jackets; the volumes instead arrived in plain glassine wrappers that easily deteriorated.
The glassine wrappers are, in fact, present here but in very delicate condition. The blue morocco leather is miraculously fresh and unfaded. The blue topstains, are virtually unfaded and the contents are fine.
An additional feature of this set is a leatherbound "SPECIMEN" volume, clearly produced for marketing purposes, that contains the first two chapters of Volume I, The Gathering Storm, together with case samples of both the "Deluxe" and "Standard" bindings. Truly rare.

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Bibliographic numbers (in parentheses) are from Frederick Woods' original Churchill bibliography (Woods), as emended by Richard Langworth in his Connoisseur's Guide; and from the new, greatly expanded Churchill bibliography by Ronald Cohen (Cohen).










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