CHURCHILL, Sir Winston. A History of the English Speaking Peoples. London: Cassell and Company Ltd., 1956-58.
Royal 8vo, 4 vols; original red publisher's boards, lettered in gilt to spine; upper edge red; in the original pictorial dust-jackets; 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; a lovely set, disperately faded; Vol I near-fine, with a couple of very small residue marks to rear endpaper; Vol II slightly toned to spine, with nicks and chips to head and foot of jacket; Vol II price clipped and similar; Vol IV near-fine, save for some light spotting to edges of text block and prelims.
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.