Winston Churchill Signed "Marlborough: His Life and Times," 4 Volumes, Superb Set!
Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965). "Marlborough: His Life and Times." 4 Volumes. London: George G. Harrap, 1933. Signed on front blank of Volume I: "Inscribed by Winston S. Churchill." Magnificently bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in three-quarter crushed tan morocco leather over marbled boards. Spine in six compartments, lettered and ruled in gilt, with gilt top edges. Illustrated with maps, plans and facsimile documents. Some light rubbing to covers. Pages show occasional spotting. In near fine condition.
Churchill wrote this history of his famous ancestor to refute earlier criticisms of Marlborough by Macaulay. Originally intended to run about 200,000 words, the work eventually exceeded one million. Ten years in the making, Churchill's "Marlborough" stands as both a literary and historical masterpiece.
John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1644-1722), was one of the greatest military commanders and statesmen in the history of England. Victorious in the Battles of Blenheim, Ramillies, and countless other campaigns, Marlborough, whose political intrigues were almost as legendary as his military skill, never fought a battle he didn't win. Although he helped James II crush the rebellion of the Duke of Monmouth, Marlborough later supported William of Orange against James II in the Glorious Revolution of 1688 and brilliantly managed England's diplomatic triumphs during the War of the Spanish Succession. He is often remembered by military historians as much for his organizational and logistic skills as his tactical abilities.
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