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    The Only Complete Set of Churchill's Works

    Sir Winston S. Churchill. The Centenary Limited Edition of The Collected Works of Sir Winston Churchill. [and:] The Collected Essays of Sir Winston Churchill. [London]: Library of Imperial History, [1973, 1976]. Centenary Limited Edition. Thirty-eight large octavo volumes, each individually housed in a matching green gilt-stamped slipcase with the Churchill coat of arms emblazoned on one side. Illustrated throughout. One of a total edition of 3,000 sets, this set unnumbered. Uniformly bound in exquisite full vellum with gilt spine titles inside double-fillet borders, single-ruled border on the front boards, with Churchill's coat of arms in gilt on the upper front boards. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. Some volumes with spines darkened, some minor intermittent discoloration on bindings (as is common for this set), minor rubbing to slipcases (one slipcase with paper covering starting to come off, but is not torn or damaged). A fine set. From a private collection in North Carolina.

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    This set was published on the occasion of what would have been Churchill's 100th birthday and limited to 3,000 total sets: 2,000 sets authorized "for the British Empire and Commonwealth" and "a further 1,000 sets for the United States of America and Canada." The set is composed of each and every book-length work published by the great Prime Minister, was the first time these works were collected as such, and is still the only way to acquire all of these writings in a single stroke. "In 1973 on the eve of the Churchill Centenary, the Churchill family announced the publication of the first collected edition of Sir Winston's books, edited by Frederick Woods, published by the Library of Imperial History in London, limited to an edition of 'no more than 3,000 copies,' and selling for a princely USD 2,500...The Works were promoted with a set of impressive testimonials. Lady Churchill, who wrote the Foreword to Volume I, said the books would have given Sir Winston, 'enormous pleasure.' She presented the first set to Prime Minister Edward Heath, who called it 'a great venture which will at once mark the centenary of his birth and preserve the memory of his life and his writing for future generations' [...] and Prime Minister Norman Kirk of New Zealand said that free men everywhere would 'cherish these wonderful volumes'" [The Churchill Society, London].

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