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[The Rare First Colonial Library Softcover Edition]

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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: Softcover [Purplish-blue on pale green printed wraps]

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 206646



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 is an extremely rare copy of the First Colonial Library softcover edition. "Intended for circulation only in India and the British colonies," this Colonial edition is significantly rarer than either the American or English first editions of SAVROLA. Bibliographer Ronald Cohen states that no more than 2,244 softcover Colonial SAVROLAs were offered for sale. The survival rate for Colonial editions was never very good, due to the climate conditions in most of Great Britain's colonies. Softcover copies were especially perishable.

This particular example barely made it. In fact, it is the copy that Cohen references in his Bibliography; "I have examined but a single copy...on which only the spine was retained." The covers are gone but the spine remains largely intact, though it has darkened, faded and is fractionally peeling away from the binding. There is a lengthy pencil inscription dated 1901 on the front free endpaper, which is now the frontis page of this volume. The contents are fine and unfoxed but separating from the binding.

A true rarity in a fragile state.

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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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