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[First English Edition]


By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First English Edition
Biblio: (Cohen A27.1) (Woods A12aa)
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: Hardcover [Red pictorial cloth]

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 205077



Big game hunting with young Churchill as guide; a travelogue of Britain's East Africa possessions written by the then-Undersecretary 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 First English edition copy with bright cover art, a square, tight binding, sharp corners and a beautifully rounded spine that is uniquely unfaded. There is faint toning to the free endpapers, front and rear, and a discreet vintage name in ink on the first front free endpaper. The contents are fine, with light, scattered foxing to the prelims only. The absence of spine fade renders this an especially beautiful example.

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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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