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LONDON TO LADYSMITH (VIA PRETORIA)

[First English Edition]


$500.00

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: 206954

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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 good to very good copy of the First English edition. The cloth has darkened considerably but the binding is crisp, with noticeable wear and fading to the type along the spine. An early former owner has scrawled his name in ink across the front face, though the ink is fading. The original black endpapers are present, with a tiny W.H. Smith Bookseller blindstamp on the front free endpaper. The contents are fine, with light foxing to the prelims and a front hinge that is beginning to give. Still, square and tight.

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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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