A History of the English-Speaking Peoples

Comprising: The Birth of Britain; The New World; The Age of Revolution and The Great Democracies.

CHURCHILL, Winston

CHURCHILL, Winston A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Comprising: The Birth of Britain; The New World; The Age of Revolution and The Great Democracies.

Cassell, 1956.

Four volumes, all first editions. 8vo. Finely bound in half red morocco over red cloth boards with raised bands and gilt titles and decoration to the spine. Top edge gilt. Numerous maps printed in black and white. A fine set with a little marking to the endpapers of vol IV.

Churchill's great history of the Anglosphere. Originally commissioned by Newman Flower at Cassells in 1933, Churchill had only completed part of the project by the outbreak of war in 1939, when he returned to his old post as First Lord of the Admiralty. It was not until the end of the war and the loss of the election in 1945 that Churchill had the time to return to his writing. However it was only after he had completed his six volume "Second World War" that he felt inclined to look again at the History. "Cassells paid him a lump sum of $100,000 [approximately £20,000] for it, the largest down-payment of its kind ever made in England."

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