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[The Rare First Colonial Library Hardcover Edition in Variant Cloth]


By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First Colonial Library Edition
Biblio: (Cohen A3.3.a) (Woods A3bb)
Date: 1900
Published: Longmans, Green & Co. [London, New York and Bombay]
Size (Details): 8vo (356 pages)
Binding: Hardcover [Blue-green cloth]

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 206154



The first and only Churchill novel, a statement of personal and political philosophy delivered as a fictional adventure yarn. U.S. publication preceded the British issue by roughly ten days, rendering the American first edition the true first.

Description: This First Printing of the Colonial edition, 'Intended for circulation only in India and the British colonies," is bound in a vivid blue-green cloth noticeably different from the standard Colonial Library gray cloth.

The survival rate for these editions was quite poor, due to colonial climate conditions. This copy has done very well, retaining its blue stamping, with fading and wear to the spine and two small paint splashes on the upper fore-edge. The contents are foxed throughout and there is a small bookshop stamp on the front free decorative endpapers, else fine.

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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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