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

[First English Abridged One-Volume "Cheap" Edition (Second Printing) in the Rare Dust Jacket]


By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First English Abridged One-Volume "Cheap" Edition (Second Printing)
Biblio: (Cohen A2.4.b) (Woods A2d)
Date: 1933
Published: Eyre & Spottiswoode [London]
Size (Details): 8vo (381 pages, 22 maps, many folding, some two-color.)
Binding: Hardcover (with Dust Jacket) [Greyish-purple cloth]
Volumes: 1 volume

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 14888



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 copy, in dust jacket, of the Second Printing of the so-called "Cheap Edition" of 1933, which was produced in a run of 1000 copies on 11 March, two months after the initial print run, but bound over a long period, through February 1940. Printed from the original plates for the first 1902 abridged edition, the "Cheap Edition" remains important bibliographically for the new Introduction that Churchill wrote for it.

The exceedingly rare dust jacket is here in marvelous condition, with the faintest edge-chipping, minute losses at the corners, a barely visible penciled numeral on the front face and some exceedingly modest surface foxing. The book is virtually mint, inside and out, with faint wear along the lower edges of the cloth, else fine.

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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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