London: Cassell, 1956-58. FIRST EDITIONS. Four volumes, Octavo. In publisher's red cloth with gilt titles to spine, top edges tinted red, in pictorial dust-jackets. Slight shelf wear to cloth, dust-jackets slightly toned to spines and to the extremities, volume two price-clipped, some small closed tears, mostly along the top edge of the dust-jackets. A very good set. Published shortly after Sir Winston Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, this is the author's last great work, only available some twenty years after he wrote the first draft, which then lay dormant whilst he attended to National and Parliamentary matters. In his preface he remarks that the book 'slumbered peacefully, until 1956, 'when things had quietened down'. Reading reports of the last decade of his life, one is struck by the central interest his history represented in his final years, and how rapidly he sank into decline and depression after the final volume was published. Item #48109
Woods A138(a). Langworth 315.