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

[Second Printing of the First Edition]


By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First English Edition Set (Second Printing) [1 of 503 produced]
Biblio: (Cohen A2.1.b) (Woods A2a)
Date: 1900
Published: Longmans, Green, & Co. Ltd. [London]
Size (Details): 8vo (488 pages and 516 pages, profusely illustrated with drawings, 11 folding color maps, other maps & plans.)
Binding: Hardcover [Dark blue-black cloth]
Volumes: 2 volumes

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 14886



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 very good example of the Second Printing of the First English edition, one of only 503 sets, printed in January of 1900. The words: "Second Impression" and the date "1900" (replacing "1899") appear on the title pages. A rear catalogue is present, dated: "5000/12/99." Otherwise, textually identical to the First edition.

The gilt lettering on both volumes is a trifle faded, as is the cloth, which is clean. The binding is square, with crunching to the corners. The hinges are giving on both volumes, as is common, and there are lengthy ink gift inscription on the front free endpapers of both volumes (dated: "India... New Year's Day 1901"), as well as contemporaneous vintage owner names in ink on the half-titles. The contents of both volumes are fine and virtually unfoxed.

A nice value, certainly the least expensive way to read the text unabridged

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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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