National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand : Military History & Army War Museum

Churchill Collection donated to Army Museum Library

Churchill Collection donated to Army Museum Library

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, 20 August 1940.

The National Army Museum recently received a donation of the complete works of the iconic World War II leader Sir Winston Churchill. The limited edition Complete Collection Edition of Sir Winston Churchill’s books is one of only 3000 sets printed and was published in 1974.

Churchill was author of more than 50 books, over a 60 year period. He also wrote countless newspaper articles and contributed to many magazines and pamphlets containing the text of his speeches.

The first sets published of the edition were sold for around $2,500 in 1974, while set number 3,000 was recently found on sale at Abe Books for an amazing 25,000 pounds. Published by the Library of Imperial History, London, the editors had to seek permission from 11 different publishing houses who held copyright to various volumes before editing and publishng this collected set of works in a single publication.

The collection contains 34 volumes made up through the editing of Churchill’s 50 published books. It is in excellent condition with each volume hand bound in natural calfskin with 22 carat gold gilt lettering. Each individual book is contained within a dark green hard case, stamped with the Churchill Arms, and printed on special 500 year archival paper with marbled edges.

The collection was purchased by Lt Col Harry Low, MC, DSO, and donated by his son Mr Stuart Low. Low was awarded a Military Cross during World War II whilst serving with 23 Battalion and later a Distinguished Service Order whilst commanding the New Zealand Regiment (which was attached to the Fiji Infantry Regiment) in Malaya.