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LONDON TO LADYSMITH (VIA PRETORIA)

[First American Edition]


$500.00

By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First American Edition [1 of less than 3,000 copies]
Biblio: (Cohen A4.2.a) (Woods A4ba)
Date: 1900
Published: Longmans, Green, & Co. Ltd. [New York]
Size (Details): 8vo (510 pages, 3 folding maps, 5 other plans and maps.)
Binding: Hardcover [Red cloth]

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 13766

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LONDON TO LADYSMITH (VIA PRETORIA)

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: This is a very good copy of the First American edition. The red cloth and gilt are bright on the front face, the corners are sharp. The spine shows a bit more wear at the head and tail, and is a bit more faded. The half-title has a 1-inch tear at the lower edge near to the margin and there is a previous owner's name, dated June 1900, on the front free endpaper, along with an elaborate bookplate on the front pastedown. The contents are fine, with all maps present and not misfolded.

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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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