London: William Heinemann, 1966-1988. [Political Biography] FIRST EDITIONS. Illustrated with photographs throughout. In eight volumes, being the complete set of the Life. Octavo (24 x 17 x 51cm). Recent maroon half morocco with raised bands, gilt titles and gilt 'lion rampant' motif to spines, matching cloth over boards; top edges gilt. A fine set in an attractive recent leather binding. Randolph Churchill began this biography of his father, completing two of the main volumes and two of the companions by the time of his death in 1968. Having served as his research assistant, Sir Martin Gilbert completed the vast project nineteen years later. By the time he completed the task he had read 19,000 books and 15 tons of private correspondence relating to his subject. Item #53330
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