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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: 205069

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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 English edition. The cloth is exceptionally fresh and evenly darkened with age. The gilt lettering and stamped imagery, both on the cover and on the spine, are vivid and well-preserved. There is a small, inconsequential red stain on the front face. The corners are sharp, if a touch turned. The spine is well-rounded and unfrayed. The binding is tight, with the original black endpapers present. The contents are fine, with scattered foxing to the prelims and fore-edges only. A far better than average example of this very perishable volume.

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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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