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THE STORY OF THE MALAKAND FIELD FORCE

[Second Colonial Library Edition/Rare Variant Binding]


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By: Winston [W.L. Spencer] Churchill
Edition: Second Colonial Library Edition (First Printing "New Edition") [1 of 360 copies]
Biblio: (Cohen A1.4.a) (Woods A1ab)
Date: 1898
Published: Longmans Green & Co. [London]
Size (Details): 8vo (337 pages, with frontis portrait and 6 maps, including 2 fold-out in color)
Binding: Hardcover [Blue-green cloth]

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 206348

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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 an astonishingly fresh copy of a virtually one-of-a-kind variant binding of the Second Colonial Library edition. The book is bound in a vivid blue-green cloth, remarkably different from the standard Colonial Library gray and blue cloth, and never before acknowledged or described bibliographically.

The Second Colonial Library edition was bound from "Silver Library" sheets for export to the colonies. Only 360 copies of this Second Printing were bound in cloth, according to bibliographer Ronald Cohen (another 130 were bound in softcover). "Intended for circulation only in India and the British colonies," fColonial Library volumes did not generally fare well due to the colonies' harsher climate conditions. This survivor is quite the exception. The cloth is very bright, the covers are clean, the spine is only modestly faded and the gilt lettering dulled. The binding is square and tight, with very faint fraying to the spine head. The contents are fine, the paper somewhat browned with age, but altogether unfoxed.

A striking, early rarity.

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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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