The Island Race by Winston Churchill hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
Cassell, 1964, Hardback in dust wrapper.
First in this edition. An abridgement by Timothy Baker of the four volumes of A Hislory of the English-Speaking Peoples. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs; Maps; Genealogical Tables;
From the cover: Our story centres on an island, not widely sundered from the Continent, and so tilted that its mountains lie all to the west and north, while south and east is a gently undulating landscape of wooded valleys, open downs and slow rivers. It is very accessible to the invader, whether he comes in peace or war, as pirate or merchant, conqueror or missionary. Those who dwell there are not insensitive to any shift of power, any change of faith, or even fashion, on the mainland, but they give to every practice, every doctrine that comes to it from abroad, its own peculiar turn and imprint
These memorable words were used by Sir Winston Churchill in the preface of his great work A History of the English-Speaking Peoples. No finer introduction could be written to this magnificent quarto volume of Sir Winstons own story of Britain which has been skilfully compressed from the History to form the most splendid account ever published of the people who, during the past two thousand years, have inhabited these sea-walled islands.
Here, accompanied for the first time by superb illustrations to match the grandeur of the text, is all the magic of Sir Winstons mastery of the English language, his unique comprehension of the long passage of Britains turbulent history, his illuminating revelation of the developing genius of her people.
The Island Race has been designed as a majestic volume to present, in impressive array, the hundreds of reproductions in colour and monochrome of those historic paintings which have preserved for all time a contemporary view of the great events and the outstanding figures of this countrys history. No more fitting setting could be devised for the story of his own people told by the greatest Briton of our age.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is faded at the same, nicked at the corners and spine ends.
Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine.
308 pages. 12″ x 9¾”.
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