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First American Edition Set: The Property of Pamela Harriman]


By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First American Edition Set (VOLUME I a Second Printing)
Biblio: (Cohen A69.1) (Woods A31aa)
Date: 1923-1931
Published: Charles Scribners Sons [New York]
Size (Details): 8vo (5 volumes in 6 books. 2500+ pages, with folding maps and plans.)
Binding: Hardcover (with Dust Jacket) [Dark reddish-brown cloth]
Volumes: 6 books

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 200503



Churchill's highly subjective history of the First World War; five volumes (in six books) written over eight years. Initial volumes were first published in the U.S. (by a matter of days), making the American edition the true first edition. Volume I (1911-1914) and Volume II (1915) were published in 1923. Volume III (1916-1918 ) was published in two parts in 1927 (hence the five/in six volumes ultimate format). Volume IV (THE AFTERMATH 1918-1928) was published in 1929; and Volume V (THE UNKNOWN WAR/EASTERN FRONT) in 1931. A one-volume abridgement by the author was soon issued. Most subsequent re-issues have been incomplete, abridged or condensed versions of the original text.

Description: This very good First American edition set, without dust jackets, was the property of Pamela Harriman, with Books 1-4 bearing a Sotheby's auction house bookplate that states: "The Estate of Ambassador Pamela Harriman, May 19-21, 1997." A discreet vintage bookshop sticker is affixed to the rear pastedowns of Books 2-4 as well. VOLUME I is the Second Printing of the First edition. VOLUME II has a neatly repaired rear hinge break. The set is in very good condition, with unusually handsome shelf appearance; little faded along the spines, including the notoriously fade-prone VOLUME I. There is some fraying and chipping to the spine edges, particularly at the spine heads, but the bindings are otherwise tight and square, the cloth fresh, the gilt titles bright. The contents are immaculate; clean and unfoxed.

PAMELA DIGBY CHURCHILL HEYWARD HARRIMAN was the mother of Winston Churchill's first grandson and the wartime bride of Churchill's son, Randolph. Divorced in 1946, the British-born daughter of the 11th Baron Digby, became notorious for her affairs with prominent and wealthy men, including Edward R. Murrow, Averell Harriman, William Paley and John Hay "Jock" Whitney (during the war); Prince Aly Khan, Alfonso de Portago, Gianni Agnelli and Baron Elie de Rothschild (after). She married the Broadway producer, Leland Heyward in 1960 and then, after his death, resumed her relationship with the 79-year-old Harriman, whom she married in 1971. Their marriage brought her into the political social life of Washington, D.C., which led, after Harriman's death, to her being named U.S. Ambassador to France by President Clinton in 1993. She died in Paris in 1997. Her epitaph was essentially written by her former lover, the media magnate William Paley, who called Harriman, "the greatest courtesan of the century." Winston Churchill adored her, but strictly platonically.

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Bibliographic numbers (in parentheses) are from Frederick Woods' original Churchill bibliography (Woods), as emended by Richard Langworth in his Connoisseur's Guide; and from the new, greatly expanded Churchill bibliography by Ronald Cohen (Cohen).










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