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THE RIVER WAR: An Historical Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan

[First Edition Set (First Printing)]

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By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First English Edition Set [1 of 2,003 produced]
Biblio: (Cohen A2.1.a) (Woods A2a)
Date: 1899
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: 13763



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 First English edition set, with dark cloth boards and bright gilt, unfaded spines and only minor scuffing, including a light but noticeable mark to the rear board of Volume I. The spines are mildly ruffled at both ends of both volumes. The contents are clean, with truly negligible foxing confined to the prelims. There are handsome vintage bookplates affixed to the front pastedowns of both volumes belonging to [Sir] Edward Penton (1875-1967), the Chief Inspector of Clothing for the military during World War II. The bindings are just a bit tender, which is most common. All maps, plans and tissue guards are present.

An excellent example of this majestic pair, preserved in a very handsome purpose-built slipcase of recent vintage, gilt-embossd with the Churchill coat of arms on the front face.

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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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