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[Nelson "Shilling Library"Abridged Edition in the Rare Dust Jacket]


By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: "Nelson Shilling Library" Edition
Biblio: (Cohen A2.3) (Woods A2c)
Date: 1915
Published: Thomas Nelson & Sons [London]
Size (Details): 16mo (457 pages, 16 monochrome maps, photo frontis, publisher's catalogue at rear)
Binding: Hardcover (with Dust Jacket) [Light Blue cloth]
Volumes: 1 volume (Abridged)

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 206384



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.

Description: This is a singular copy of the first so-called "Cheap Edition" in the extravagantly rare original dust jacket, which has lost approximately one-inch at the spine head and bears a vintage Canadian price sticker ("45c") affixed to the spine, but is otherwise in spectacular condition. The book is too; just about mint, bright and fresh inside and out.

A small and fragile clothbound mass market paperback-equivalent of the World War I era, these Nelson Shilling Library volumes were considered quite disposable in their day. To find one preserved as-new, in its original dust jacket, is quite simply a phenomenon.

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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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