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Fine and Rare Books at the foot of the South Downs
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Hodder & Stoughton, [1952-3-4] 3 vols., 8vo., First Edition, with a plate and a full-page map, contemporary inscription on front free endpaper of first volume; cloth (black/black/blue respectively), gilt backs, blue top to first volume, a very good, clean set in dustwrapper (first wrapper clipped with small tear at backstrip) . SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ON TITLE OF FIRST VOLUME. Captain Peter Churchill's famous trilogy recounts his training, his first mission to France, his three later missions, his friendship and service with Odette, their capture, his solitary confinement in Fresnes, and deportation to Sachsenhausen and Flossenburg before his final liberation as a 'prominenten' in Italy in 1945. ARGUABLY THE FINEST CONTINUOUS MEMOIR OF SERVICE WITH SOE IN WWII. Enser, pp.396, 396, 351 (respectively); Foot, p.456. (Book ref. 25864)
Purnell, [1971] 23 vols., sm. folio, First Edition thus, with very numerous photographs, illustrations and maps throughout; red faux-morocco boards, upper boards blocked in lion in gilt, gilt backs, terracotta endpapers, a very good, clean set. The final form of Purnell's pioneering and mammoth partwork, the result of several years of preparation, with numerous contributors working to the editorial board comprising Mortimer Wheeler, Hugh Trevor-Roper and A.J.P. Tayor - three of the most eminent historians of the period. The partwork was issued originally in 112 weekly parts intended to be housed in seven optional and separately issued branded binders. Consequently it required considerable time, effort and motivation to acquire and bind a complete set. This final version is arguably the most accessible edition, comprising twenty-three compact and rather more manageable volumes. COMPLETE SETS ARE SELDOM OFFERED FOR SALE, ESPECIALLY IN THIS CONDITION. (Book ref. 25578)
Harrap, [1947] 2 vols., 8vo., First Edition thus, with 2 portrait frontispieces, 14 facsimiles and 196 maps and plans (a number double-page) in the text, some light offsetting to free endpapers; original buckram, Marlborough arms blocked in gilt on upper boards, gilt backs, maroon tops, a very good, clean copy. This first two-volume edition is an entirely new setting (not merely a rearrangement) of the original four-volume edition of 1933-34. It is unabridged and retains all the maps and plans of the first edition, but the illustrations are reduced to the two frontispieces. SCARCE IN THIS CONDITION. Woods A40(d); ICS A40(d). (Book ref. 25581)
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Herga Press, [1994] 8vo., Third Impression, with illustrations, facsimiles and pedigrees in the text; pictorial wrappers, wire-stitched as issued, a very good, clean copy. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ON TITLE. (Book ref. 25531)
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Cassell, [1956-58] 4 vols., roy. 8vo., Mixed Impressions, with maps and genealogical tables; red cloth, gilt backs, red tops, a near fine set in unusually bright, clean, unclipped dust-wrappers, the latter just a little browned at backstrips. All first impressions save volume one (second impression published a month after the first). A handsome set; fine, crisp and clean internally with no trace of the usual fore-edge spotting, very slight fading to the red tops and bright, clean dustwrappers. VERY UNCOMMON IN THIS CONDITION. Woods, A138(a). (Book ref. 25455)
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Thornton Butterworth, [1940] 8vo., Fourth Impression, with a full-page map in the text and a folding map coloured in outline (lightly spotted), small neat contemporary signature on front free endpaper; green cloth, gilt back, backstrip mildly sunned (but all gilt legible), a very good, clean copy. Published seven months after the first edition. (Book ref. 25198)
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Macmillan, [2001] 8vo., First Edition, with 92 plates (12 in colour) on 40; black cloth, gilt back, blue endpapers, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. SCARCE IN THIS CONDITION (Book ref. 24854)
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The Times, 1952 Roy. 8vo., First Edition, on laid paper, with 3 fine coloured plates (one double-page), a fine full-page portrait of HM King George VI, 32 monochrome plates on 20 and pictorial endpapers; original blue buckram, upper board and backstrip blocked and lettered in gilt, a very good, bright, clean copy. THE AUTHOR'S OWN COPY WITH HIS SIGNATURE ON HALF-TITLE. A LABEL STATING THAT THE TEXT WAS COMMISSIONED OF MORPURGO BY 'THE TIMES' IS MOUNTED ON FRONT PASTE-DOWN. With two original coloured photographic prints of the American Memorial Chapel in St. Paul's Cathedral loosely inserted. Professor Jack Morpurgo (1918-2000) was Director-General of the National Book League and later Professor of American Literature at Leeds University. His many works include several on Anglo-American military history and an acclaimed biography of fellow Old Blue Barnes Wallis. Cohen B132; not recorded by Woods. (Book ref. 20684)
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Folio Society, 2000 6 vols., 8vo., First Edition thus, with 6 frontispieces, very numerous plates and maps throughout; pictorial boards, brown cloth back blocked in red and lettered in gilt, brown endpapers, a fine set without slip-cases. The set comprises Vol. I: The Gathering Storm; Vol. II: Their Finest Hour; Vol. III: The Grand Alliance; Vol. IV: The Hinge of Fate; Vol. V: Closing the Ring; Vol. VI: Triumph and Tragedy. The best modern edition of Churchill's account of the conflict he himself did so much to bring to a victorious conclusion. The work was first published between 1948 and 1954; here the text is that of the author's revised version of 1949. Cohen A240.32. (Book ref. 11383)
Hambledon & London, [2001] 8vo., First Edition, with 17 plates on 8, small signature on front free endpaper; cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Already scarce in this condition. (Book ref. 13871)
Brassey's, [2005] 8vo., First Edition, with plates; brown cloth, gilt back, black endpapers, a very good, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper. (Book ref. 21100)
Macmillan, [2000] 8vo., First Edition; black cloth, gilt back, black endpapers, a near fine copy unclipped dustwrapper. Parker argues that had Churchill controlled British foreign policy in the thirties he could have prevented the Second World War. Already scarce. (Book ref. 16267)
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Macmillan, [2001] 8vo., Thirteenth Impression, with 92 plates (12 in colour) on 40; black cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Published in the same month as the first edition. (Book ref. 20220)
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Heinemann, [1966-88] 8 Main Volumes plus 13 Companion Volumes, together 21 vols., roy. 8vo., First Edition, with titles in red and black, maps and geneaological tables; original cloth, gilt backs, red tops where called for, all very good, clean copies in unclipped dustwrappers, two or three wrappers with light chafing at edges. The Main Volumes comprise: Vol I: Youth 1874-1900; Vol. II: Young Statesman 1901-1914; Vol. III: 1914-1916; Vol. IV: 1917-1922; Vol. V: 1922-1939; Vol. VI: Finest Hour 1939-1941; Vol. VII: Road to Victory 1941-1945; Vol. VIII: Never Despair 1945-1965. The Companion Volumes comprise Volume I Part 1: 1874-1896; Volume I Part 2: 1896-1900; Volume II Part 1: 1901-1907; Volume II Part 2: 1907-1911; Volume II Part 3: 1911-1914; Volume III Part 1: August 1914-April 1915; Volume III Part 2: May 1915-December 1916; Volume IV Part 1: January 1917-June 1919; Volume IV Part 2: July 1919-March 1921; Volume IV Part 3: April 1921-November 1922; Volume V Part 1: The Exchequer Years 1922-1929; Volume V Part 2: The Wilderness Years 1929-1935; Volume V Part 3: The Coming of War 1936-1939. The dustwrappers of all Main Volumes are the preferred solid colour format. A LOVELY SET AND INCREASINGLY SCARCE IN THIS CONDITION (Book ref. 23405)
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Heinemann, [1983] Roy. 8vo., First Edition, with plates and maps; brown cloth, , gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Nice copy of the Popular Edition with pictorial dustwrapper. (Book ref. 21293)
Purnell in association with Cassell, [1970] 3 vols., 8vo., original blue leatherette, upper boards elaborately blocked in gilt, backstrips blocked and lettered in silver, a very good, bright, clean set. With a personal bookplate. Much-needed reissue of the original three volume Eade compilation of 1951-52. (Book ref. 20974)
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Cassell, [1950] 8vo., First Edition; original green cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter very lightly frayed at head and tail of backstrip and chafed at extremities. The second of five volumes of Churchill's post-war speeches. Woods, A128. (Book ref. 9901)
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Harrap, 1938 8vo., First Edition, with a fine portrait frontispiece, light offsetting to half-title, very light spotting to free endpapers and title; original blue cloth, gilt back, blue top, a very good, bright, crisp copy in unclipped dust-wrapper, the latter lightly spotted and with one small closed tear at head of lower joint. The sole British printing, in the first state pale blue dustwrapper. VERY SCARCE IN THIS CONDITION. Cohen A107.1; Langworth p.191; Woods/ICS A44 (a). (Book ref. 24217)
Heinemann, [1966-88] 8 vols., roy. 8vo., First Editions, with 7 portrait frontispieces, titles in red and black, very numerous plates, and many maps and genealogical tables (a number folding), one volume lightly marked at fore-edge; cloth, gilt backs, all very good copies in dustwrappers (three wrappers price-clipped), two wrappers moderately sunned at backstrip (but all lettering entirely legible) else a very good, bright, clean set. The wrappers to the first five volumes are the solid-colour issues of the Uniform Edition; those to the last three volumes are the photographic wrappers of the Popular Edition.The set comprises: Vol. I: Youth 1874-1900 (1966); Vol. II: Young Statesman 1901-1914 (1967); Vol. III: 1914-1916 (1971); Vol. IV: 1917-1922 (1975); Vol. V: 1922-1939 (1976); Vol. VI: Finest Hour 1939-1941 (1983); Vol. VII: Road to Victory 1941-1945 (1986); Vol. VIII: Never Despair 1945-1965 (1988).Arguably the most important official biography of the twentieth century. The first two volumes were compiled by Winston's son Randolph; following his death in 1968 the torch passed to Churchill's assistant (now Sir) Martin Gilbert who completed the mammoth task. (Book ref. 8395)
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Heinemann, [1966-88] 8 vols., roy. 8vo., First Editions, with 7 portrait frontispieces, titles in red and black, very numerous plates, and many maps and genealogical tables (a number folding); cloth, gilt backs, a near fine set in unclipped dustwrappers. All wrappers are the preferred solid colour issues of the Uniform Edition. The set comprises: Vol. I: Youth 1874-1900 (1966); Vol. II: Young Statesman 1901-1914 (1967); Vol. III: 1914-1916 (1971); Vol. IV: 1917-1922 (1975); Vol. V: 1922-1939 (1976); Vol. VI: Finest Hour 1939-1941 (1983); Vol. VII: Road to Victory 1941-1945 (1986); Vol. VIII: Never Despair 1945-1965 (1988). Arguably the most important official biography of the twentieth century. The first two volumes were compiled by Winston's son Randolph; following his death in 1968 the torch passed to Churchill's assistant (now Sir) Martin Gilbert who completed the mammoth task. (Book ref. 24229)