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    The Only Available Complete Churchill

    Winston 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 red slipcase with the Churchill coat of arms emblazoned on one side. Illustrated throughout.

    Uniformly bound in exquisite red leather with gilt spine titles inside double-fillet borders, single-ruled border on the front boards, gilt turn-ins, and decorations, including Churchill's coat of arms on the upper front boards. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. Fine to as-new condition with very minimal wear to either books or slipcases. A gorgeous set.

    Only about twenty sets were bound in red morocco, and are preferred for handling and readability, as the more commonly available vellum sets tend to warp and make individual volumes difficult to remove from their slipcases. Printed on special 500-year archival paper, the 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 $2,500...The Works were promoted with a set of impressive testimonials. Lady Churchill, who wrote the Foreword to Volume 1, 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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