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[First Canadian Issue of the Colonial Library Edition]

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By: Winston [W.L. Spencer] Churchill
Edition: First Canadian Colonial Library Edition [1 of 250 copies]
Biblio: (Cohen A1.2.e) (Woods A1ab)
Date: 1898
Published: The Copp, Clark Co., Ltd. [Toronto]
Size (Details): 8vo (337 pages, with frontis portrait and 6 maps, including 2 fold-out in color)
Binding: Hardcover [Pictorial greyish-blue cloth]

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 200455



Churchill's first book: true-life military adventures drawn from newspaper despatches filed by the 22-year-old correspondent while serving on India's Afghanistan-bordering Northwest Frontier under Major-General Sir Bindon Blood. Wrenching to read how little has changed in this region since Churchill's time. The First Edition is easily distinguished by its apple-green cloth binding but MALAKAND is prized by collectors in almost any edition.

Description: Churchill bibliographer Ronald Cohen cites only two known copies of the Canadian Colonial Library edition; both in institutional collections. Here is a third, an expertly rebacked Ex-Library copy. Colonial Library volumes were intended for circulation in the British colonies, where heat and humidity generally wore the books out. This copy is faded along the spine almost to the point of oblivion but rebacking has very effectively preserved what is left. The cloth has darkened significantly, with faint bubbling and creasing. The contents are fine, almost entirely unfoxed, surprisingly, with all maps present, as well as the frontis tissue guard. The endpapers are new. The Ex-Library markings are limited to a pair of discreet stamps for the Hamilton Public Library of Ontario on the title page, a couple of tiny date stamps on the blank verso (including "June 15 1898") and one more small ink stamp on Page 1. Very rarely seen, even in this compromised state.

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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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