THE RIVER WAR
[PRESENTATION Leatherbound English Abridged Edition INITIALED by Winston Churchill for Colonel Frank Clarke]
Winston S. Churchill
First English Abridged One-Volume "Cheap" Edition (First Printing)
(Cohen A2.4.a) (Woods A2d)
Eyre & Spottiswoode [London]
8vo (381 pages, 22 maps, many folding, some two-color.)
Hardcover [Blue leather]
Churchill at Chartwell
THE RIVER WAR
More blood and guts reportage by young Winston, the war correspondent, here in his second book delivering a brilliant history of British involvement in the Sudan and an account of the fierce campaign for its reconquest that Churchill himself participated in and, in many significant ways, disapproved of. Originally published in two large, lavish and, today, extremely rare volumes. All subsequent editions were significantly abridged.
"WSC" for COLONEL FRANK CLARKE, who famously hosted Winston and Clementine Churchill at his Miami Beach home in January and February 1946, prior to Churchill's March appearance at Fulton College, Missouri to deliver what would come to be known as his "Iron Curtain" speech. This book was part of a signed leatherbound set of his works that Churchill sent to Clarke by way of thanks. Winston Churchill only signed with his initials for intimates.The two men had known each other since the General Strike of 1926, when the Quebec-born Clarke, whose family owned paper mills in Canada, worked for Churchill on the staff of The British Gazette. The Churchills later stayed at Clarke's lakeside cabin for two days of rest following the Quebec Conference. Clarke was a shipowner, whose vessels served in Allied operations throughout the war as hospital, supply and troop ships.The binding, by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, is three-quarter blue crushed morocco leather over blue cloth, with gilded top edges, gilt titles on the spine with raised bands in six compartments, and marbled endpapers. The edition is the First English Abridged One-Volume "Cheap" Edition issued in 1933 using the original 1902 plates from the first abridged edition. The leather binding here has faded a bit along the spine. The contents are fine, with tanning to the endpaper edges and very light scattered foxing.A most significant association copy that comes by direct descent from the Clarke family.
This handsome leatherbound abridged edition is INITIALED in ink on the front free endpaper: