Marlborough his life and times, limited presentation edition complete in four volumes [subscript from jackets]

London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd. respectively 1939, 1934, 1935, 1938. The set, two volumes in reprint plus two volumes of first edition sheets casebound uniformly in purple cloth, similar to true first production but there was some [external] cost-saving. As follows: v.I "New edition revised published November 1934 / Reprinted October 1939", 612p.; v.II "Reprinted October 1934" [same month & year as first] 651p.; v.III "First published 1936" 608p.; v.IV "First published 1938" 671p. Numerous inserted plates and in-text figures, maps and facsimiles (some folded, several stubbed, all as in the first issue of these sheets, none damaged or misfolded), several maps in colors or with monochrome overprinting), all as called for, same paperstock. Variations observed are these, that none of the bindings are decorated with coat of arms gilt, none of the boards are bevelled, purple not maroon, top edges not gilded, [unclipped] dust jacket flaps uniformly bear the legend "Price 45/- the set," cover panels read "Limited presentation edition / complete in four volumes." Any other variation in the jackets is not known to us. Gotten up in 1939, first issue of a sort of cheap (but not TOO cheap) edition both from first edition and later printing sheets, uniform paperstock and cloth throughout, a matching set. Condition (and faults) are remarkably uniform in kind and degree; these are, that the purple cloth wherever exposed to light [djs having been chipped or in two cases having been hiked up] is sunned to pale grey, the largest such patch about 1 x 3 inches. Handling wear has sort of softened each volume but hinges and joints are sound (there's an inch and a half split in volume I endsheet with faint tenderness, but hey, no problem), endsheets and djs are foxed, top and fore edges are browned and dust-soiled with peculiar evenness, jackets show even soiling and browning and vivid foxing, irregular chips at head and tail of spine, some large, somehow consistent and not jarring (or "consistently jarring," however it takes you). Jackets are extremely worn, now preserved in archival brodarts to size; two djs (I and II) are repaired inside with several kinds of old tape, but externally all four djs match in appearance with some variation in wear. Lastly, for the errata slip collectors, slips in volumes II and III correctly tipped in, revision of volume one having removed the necessity and volume four not calling for one.

Cat.No: 108888

Price: $200.00