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THE RIVER WAR: An Account of the Reconquest of the Sudan

[Abridged One-Volume "Cheap" Edition (Final Binding Variant) in Dust Jacket]


By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: English Abridged One-Volume "Cheap" Edition (Fifth Printing Binding Variant)
Biblio: (Cohen A2.4.f) (Woods A2d)
Date: 1951 (1965)
Published: Eyre & Spottiswoode [London]
Size (Details): 8vo (381 pages, 22 maps, many folding, some two-color.)
Binding: Hardcover (with Dust Jacket) [Pale purble-blue cloth]
Volumes: 1 volume

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 14396



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 an exceptionally fresh copy of the last reprint of the one-volume, abridged, so-called "Cheap Edition" of 1933. Printed from the original plates for the first 1902 abridged edition, this edition remains important bibliographically for the new Introduction that Churchill wrote for it. This is the binding variant that bibliographer Ronald Cohen describes as dating from after Churchill's death in 1965. The dust jacket here is mint, extraordinarily bright, even along the fade-prone spine. The book is virtually mint, save for a discreet former-owner name in ink on the front free endpaper and a charming, vintage Foyle's bookshop sticker on the pastedown.

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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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