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THE STORY OF THE MALAKAND FIELD FORCE

[The First Edition of Churchill's First Book]


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By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First English Edition (First State) [1 of 2,000 copies]
Biblio: (Cohen A1.1.a) (Woods A1a)
Date: 1898
Published: Longmans, Green, & Co. Ltd. [London]
Size (Details): 8vo (352 pages, 6 maps, illustrations, tissue-guarded frontis portrait. With 32-page rear catalogue dated 12/97.)
Binding: Hardcover [Apple-green cloth]

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 205068

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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 is a very good copy of the First State of the First English edition (per Cohen). The green cloth is fresh and bright, front and rear, the spine cloth and gilt lettering have faded. The binding is crisp and tight, the corners are sharp. There is a vintage owner name in pencil on the front free endpaper. The tissue guard is present on the title page, though it has browned considerably. The rear publisher's catalogue has been removed. The contents are fine and unfoxed, with all maps present and correctly folded. Quite an attractive copy overall.

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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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