A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.

CHURCHILL Winston S. (1956-1958.)

£500.00  [First Edition]

First editions, first printings. Four Volumes. 8vo., original red cloth, spines lettered in gilt, top edges in red, dust jackets. London, Cassell and Company Ltd.

Churchill originally began his history of the British Empire and the United States in 1937 during his 'wilderness years' while not serving in government, but the work was interrupted by the outbreak of the Second World War and Churchill did not return to it until the late 1950's, when the book was published in separate volumes over two years. The events of the Second World War had reconfirmed Churchill's belief in the 'special relationship' between Britain and the United States and, consequently, he gave considerable attention to the key events of American history: around a quarter of the third volume, The Age of Revolution, is dedicated to the War of Independence, and a full third of the final volume, The Great Democracies, contains a detailed study of the American Civil War. Although the work attracted criticism, from Clement Attlee among others, for its idiosyncratic choice of subject matter, it provides us with a window into the quintessential Englishman's view of his country's history at the tail-end of the British Empire. 

Some light chipping to spine panel of Vol. 1, otherwise a notably fine set.

Cohen, A267.2. 

Stock Code: 244622

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