Winston S. Churchill, The Official Biography, Companion Volume V, Part 2, The Wilderness Years 1929 -1935
Price: 200.00 USD
London: William Heinemann Ltd, 1981. The Official Biography of Winston Churchill, initiated by Randolph Churchill but completed by Martin Gilbert, is an epic piece of scholarship about a singularly epic life, comprising eight mammoth main text volumes and - so far - seventeen accompanying document or "Companion" volumes. The eight main text volumes were published between 1966 and 1988. Publication of the Companion volumes continues today. The Companion volumes for Volume V of the Official Biography are the most keenly sought and most difficult to acquire of all Official Biography volumes. There was only a single printing in England and the Volume V Companions were published in smaller quantities than other Companion volumes - meaning that many Official Biography sets will forever do without. This is the second of three Volume V Companions, a very good minus copy of the British first edition, only printing in a near-fine dust jacket. The red cloth binding is clean, tight, and square with sharp corners and bright spine gilt. The exterior flaws that prevent this from being a near-fine or better copy are slight shelf wear at the lower edges and a modest vertical crease and dimple at the center of the spine, a clear result of the massive 3-inch thick volume having been laid open and read. The contents remain clean and bright with no spotting and no inscriptions. The red-stained top edge retains unusually strong color, with only slight evidence of sunning. The fore and bottom edges of the text block remain white with light soiling. There were two prices on the dust jacket flap - an original introductory price and then a higher price specified after 1 September 1981. Both prices are intact on this unclipped dust jacket. The dust jacket remains clean and bright with no losses or soiling. The spine print remains bright and unfaded. There is a hint of wear along the bottom edge and the slightest of wrinkling at the spine head. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover. Please note that this large, heavy book may require additional postage. Bibliographic reference: Zoller A302e2. 1st Edition. Very good.