CHURCHILL, Sir Winston. The History of the English-Speaking Peoples. London, Cassell & Company, [1956-58].
8vo, 4 volumes. Contemporary dark blue morocco over cloth, spines with raised bands and each with three gilt-stamped red morocco lettering-pieces, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt; apart from light offsetting to endpapers and fading to spine of volume IV, a very good set.
First edition. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples is a four-volume history of Britain and its former colonies and possessions throughout the world, written by Winston Churchill, covering the period from Caesar's invasions of Britain (55 BC) to the beginning of the First World War (1914).
A contemporary reviewer wrote: "This history will endure; not only because Sir Winston has written it, but also because of its own inherent virtues — its narrative power, its fine judgment of war and politics, of soldiers and statesmen, and even more because it reflects a tradition of what Englishmen in the hey-day of their empire thought and felt about their country's past."
The work was one of Churchill's writings mentioned in his Nobel Prize in literature citation.