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). In publisher's red cloth with gilt titles to spines, in original dust-jackets of various colours. Top edges pink. Internally fine, some negligible marks to edges. Light edge wear to jackets; spines of volumes III and VII lightly sunned, volume V price clipped. Near fine. 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 #53499
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