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[First American Edition in Dust Jackets]


By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First American Edition Set
Biblio: (Cohen A240.3[I-VI]) (Woods A123aa)
Date: 1948-1953
Published: Houghton Mifflin Company [Boston]
Size (Details): 8vo (Maps, diagrams and tables throughout.)
Binding: Hardcover (with Dust Jackets) [Red cloth]
Volumes: 6 volumes

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 206935



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 very good set of the increasingly scarce First American edition, in unclipped dust jackets. The jackets are in generally very good condition, with edge-wear and fractional losses to the spine heads and tails of Volumes I and VI. The jacket spines retain vivid color, with the exception of Volume V, which has faded significantly. The jacket faces, front and rear, of all volumes are beautifully bright.

Volume I dust jacket is a rare variant, with the correct $6.00 price on the front flap but an advert on the rear flap from the American Booksellers Association for their "Give-A-Book-Certificates" program. This advert is not mentioned in any bibilography. Volume VI jacket is a later version with a $6.50 price on the front flap. All other jackets are correct.

The same ink gift inscription, dated "Christmas 1953," appears on the front free endpapers of Volumes II-IV. The books are all virtually mint otherwise, inside and out.

 Please Note: This is a weighty item and does not qualify for free shipping.

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