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[First Softcover Colonial Edition]


By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First Softcover Colonial Edition
Biblio: (Cohen A27.3) (Woods A12)
Date: 1908
Published: Hodder & Stoughton [London]
Size (Details): 8vo (242 pages, with 60 photographs, 3 maps, tissue protected frontis photo, 18-page rear publisher's catalogue.)
Binding: Softcover [Pictorial card wraps]

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 14243



Big game hunting with young Churchill as guide; a travelogue of Britain's East Africa possessions written by the then-Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies. The first English edition is particularly coveted for its handsome cover woodcut of the author posed beside a trophy rhinoceros. The more plainly-bound American edition, which utilized English first edition sheets, has no woodcut on its brownish-red buckram cover but is a far rarer book.

Description: This is a very good copy of the very rare First Colonial edition in softcover. Bibliographer Ronald Cohen notes that 903 copies of this fragile edition were sold and that, "few appear to have survived." Survival was, of course, an issue for all Colonial editions, which suffered from the tropical climate in many of England's colonies. This copy is in exceptional condition under the circumstances. The wraps are intact, if creased along the spine. There is a "Burma Bookstall" stamp on the front face, along with a former owner name-stamp dated "March 1909." The front cover image of Churchill and his trophy rhino is crisp and bright. There are two former-owner names inked on the inside cover but the contents are otherwise fine, with a surprisingly minimal amount of foxing largely restricted to the prelims.

A very perishable volume in perfectly rarified condition.

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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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