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THE STORY OF THE MALAKAND FIELD FORCE

[SIGNED Leatherbound Nelson's "Shilling Library" Edition Presented by Winston Churchill to Colonel Frank Clarke]


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By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: Nelson's "Shilling Library" Edition
Biblio: (Cohen A1.5) (Woods A1c)
Date: 1916
Published: Thomas Nelson & Sons [London]
Size (Details): 16mo (384 pages, 6 maps, and plans)
Binding: Hardcover [Blue leather]

Category: Signed
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 204684

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THE STORY OF THE MALAKAND FIELD FORCE

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: This very good leatherbound copy is SIGNED and inscribed in ink on the front free endpaper: "For Frank Clarke from Winston S. Churchill 1946."

COLONEL FRANK CLARKE famously hosted Winston and Clementine Churchill at his Miami Beach home in January and February 1946, prior to Churchill's March appearance at Fulton College, Missouri to deliver what would come to be known as his "Iron Curtain" speech. These books were part of a signed leatherbound set of his works that Churchill sent to Clarke by way of thanks.

The two men had known each other since the General Strike of 1926, when the Quebec-born Clarke, whose family owned paper mills in Canada, worked for Churchill on the staff of The British Gazette. The Churchills later stayed at Clarke's lakeside cabin for two days of rest following the Quebec Conference. Clarke was a shipowner, whose vessels served in Allied operations throughout the war as hospital, supply and troop ships.

The binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe is three-quarter blue crushed morocco leather over blue cloth, with gilded top edges, gilt titles on the spine with raised bands in six compartments, and marbled endpapers. he edition is the 1916 "Shilling Library Edition,"a delightfully small clothbound mass market paperback-equivalent of the World War I era. The leather binding has faded a bit along the spine. The contents are fine, with tanning to the endpaper edges.

A most significant association copy that comes by direct descent from the Clarke family.

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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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