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[First Canadian Hardcover Edition]


By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First Canadian Hardcover Edition
Biblio: (Cohen A8.3) (Woods A5)
Date: 1900
Published: The Copp, Clark Company, Ltd. [Toronto]
Size (Details): 8vo (424 pages, with frontis portrait of Ian Hamilton, 1 three-color folding map.)
Binding: Hardcover [Yellowish-brown pictorial cloth]

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 14433



The first of two Boer War volumes derived from young Winston's newspaper despatches as a war correspondent in South Africa, featuring a thrilling account of his escape from the Boers, an escape that helped launch his political career. The First English edition was published elaborately in fawn-colored cloth stamped with a striking cover illustration of the infamous armored train that Churchill was defending when he was captured. The American edition is an unadorned, though still handsome, red cloth binding with gilt lettering.

Description: A strikingly handsome copy of this rare issue, which, like the Canadian Ladysmith, was produced from American First edition plates and bound in a similar style. The coarser, more ochre-color, cloth is stamped with a full-color crossed flags cover motif and a red fleur-de-lis on the spine. The cloth has perhaps darkened a trifle with age, particularly along the spine, but this copy is otherwise virtually mint, inside and out, save for a vintage ink gift inscription, dated "1900" on the front free endpaper, together with a former-owner name and address ink-stamp. Remarkable for a book that is far scarcer than either the English or American firsts and is even rarer than the Canadian LADYSMITH hardcover edition.

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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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