A History of the English Speaking Peoples

CHURCHILL, Sir Winston. A History of the English Speaking Peoples.

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CHURCHILL, Sir Winston. A History of the English Speaking Peoples. London: Cassell and Company Ltd., 1956-58.

Royal 8vo, 4 vols; publisher's red boards, spines lettered in gilt; top edges red other than on vol. I; in the original pictorial dust-wrappers (not price-clipped); with numerous maps and charts; pp. [vi], v-xxi, [iii], 3-416; [vi], v-xi, [iii], 3-344, [ii]; [vi], v-xi, [iii], 3-332,[vi]; [vi], v-xi, [iii], 3-322; some light rubbing and bumping to spine tips and corners as ever; a little sunning to spines of wrappers; a few chips to upper edges of wrappers of vols. I and III; bizarre inscription to front fly-leaf of vol. I dated 1936; a very good set.
First editions.
Comprising The Birth of Britain, The New World, The Age of Revolution and The Great Democracies, Churchill here studies the History of Britain and the development of the Commonwealth from Julius Caesar and his invasion of Britain in 55BC up until the end of the Second Boer war at the beginning of the 20th century. He began this mammoth task in 1937, and had submitted half a million words before the outbreak of WWII. Publication was delayed several times in the years that followed, and the books were finally published eleven years after the War ended, during the author's retirement from office. The volumes contain, amongst historical fact, biographical profiles of notable figures including Alfred the Great, Queen Victoria, Joan of Arc and Abraham Lincoln.
Widely regarded as Churchill's greatest work.