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LONDON TO LADYSMITH (VIA PRETORIA)

[First English Edition]


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By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First English Edition [1 of 10,000 copies]
Biblio: (Cohen A4.1.a) (Woods A4a)
Date: 1900
Published: Longmans, Green, & Co. Ltd. [London]
Size (Details): 8vo (516 pages with 3 folding maps, 5 other plans and maps, 32-page rear publisher's catalogue.)
Binding: Hardcover [Fawn pictorial cloth]

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 203958

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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 an exceptionally good copy of the First English edition, with an uncommonly bright spine, an exceptionally crisp binding, sharp corners and clean, unfoxed contents. The folding maps are not only complete and correctly folded, they appear never to have been opened. The only caveats are some darkening to the cloth on the front face and scattered foxing to the fore-edges. Rare thus.

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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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