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    Rod McKuen's Set of
    Winston Churchill's Collected 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-nine large octavo volumes (one of which is a duplicate copy of Volume XIII), each individually housed in a matching green gilt-stamped slipcase with the Churchill coat of arms on one side. Illustrated throughout. One of a total edition of 3,000 sets, this set has a publisher's printed slip laid in the front of the first volume: "Volume I of the Collected Works/ of Sir Winston Churchill/ number/ 2156/ in the centenary edition, has been/ commission by, and is published/ for/ Rod McKuen/ by authority of the/ Churchill Centenary Trust" with the number and McKuen's name entered in type. Uniformly bound in full vellum with gilt titles and rules on spines, single-ruled border and Churchill's coat of arms in gilt on the front boards. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. Some volumes with spines darkened, some minor discolorations on bindings (as is common for this set). Slipcases with shelf wear and occasional minor soiling, slipcase for Volume XXVIII is torn along its upper joints, some slipcases stuck together and others having been separated have small surface paper lifts. Nonetheless a near fine set of this monumental work. From the Estate of Rod McKuen.
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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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    November, 2015
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