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Churchill, Winston S.

Published by Award Books (1964)

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About this Item: Award Books, 1964. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: Very Good. 1st Printing. Seller Inventory # 01038217

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The River War - An account of: Rt. Hon. Winston

Rt. Hon. Winston Churchill

Published by Eyre and Spottiswoode (1933)

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About this Item: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1933. Hardcover. Condition: Good. First Cheap Edition. Boards have some wear/bumping, damages to spine with split rear hinge, binding remains tight. Content has light toning, repaired gutters, no inscriptions, many maps and plans in good condition. No DJ. Seller Inventory # 9999-9992432330

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Winston S. Churchill

Published by Easton Press, Norwalk CT (2005)

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About this Item: Easton Press, Norwalk CT, 2005. Leather bound. Easton Press edition of Churchill's classic work. Bound in full leather, decorated in gilt, gilt edges, slik ribbon page marker, moire endpapers. Former owner's adhesive bookplate affixed to the reverse of the front free endpaper (i.e. to the paper side, not the moire side). Leather and gilt is bright and unscratcheD. Book in fine condition except for the bookplate. From the publisher's Leather-Bound Library of Military History series. Includes Collector's Notes pamphlet. The text is that of the one-volume abridgement of the first edition. Seller Inventory # 1220467

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Churchill, Winston S.

Published by Eyre & Spottiswoode, London (1951)

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About this Item: Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, 1951. Cloth. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+. 3rd Edition. 381pp/maps. With 22 maps and plans.(most fold-out). Here is Churchill's second book, which recounts his experiences and reflections concerning British involvement in the Sudan. Light wear to dj. Previous owner name on ffep. Text clean. A superb copy with dustwrapper. Seller Inventory # 010306

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Churchill, Winston

Published by Eyre & Spottiswoode, London (1951)

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About this Item: Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, 1951. Cloth. Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. Third Edition. 381pp with fold-out maps. In 1902 Churchill (by then a new member of Parliament) revised and abridged his text, excising much of the criticism of Kitchener for political reasons. The River War is based on the 1902 abridged and revised text. Mohammed Ahmed was a messianic Islamic leader in central and northern Sudan in the final decades of the 19th century. Claiming that Allah had selected him as the true Mahdi, he found fertile political ground in the resentment of the inhabitants toward the corruption and oppression by Egyptian rulers who had long dominated the region. The Mahdi's forces and followers were able to occupy most of the Sudan. In 1885, General Gordon famously lost his life in a doomed defence of the capitol, Khartoum, where he had been sent to lead evacuation of Egyptian forces. Though the Mahdi died in 1895, his theocracy continued until 1898, when General Kitchener reoccupied the Sudan. Text clean. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 011440

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CHURCHILL. WINSTON. S.; .

Published by Eyre & Spottiswoode. London.,1933 (1933)

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About this Item: Eyre & Spottiswoode. London.,1933, 1933. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. FIRST CHEAP EDITION. (Actually the second cheap editon. An edition was published in 1915. This is the first printing of Churchill`s new introduction. The book is reprinted from the plates of the 1902 edition. See Woods A2(d).) Illustrated with 22 maps and plans. Some minor foxing to the first and last half dozen pages otherwise a very good copy finely bound in recent full dark blue morocco, raised bands, gilt. Single gilt ruled border on boards. Top edge gilt.: Seller Inventory # 3791

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The River War, An Account of the: Winston S. Churchill

Winston S. Churchill

Published by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York (1933)

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About this Item: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1933. Hardcover. First U.S. edition. This is the U.S. first edition of Churchill's second book in the striking original dust jacket. Originally published in England in 1899, this was one of the few Churchill books that did not see a U.S. first edition concurrent with the British. In 1933 a new edition was issued in both England and, for the first time, in the U.S. with a bibliographically significant new introduction by the author explaining that "A generation has grown up which knows little of why we are in Egypt and the Sudan." This is one of just 1,040 U.S. first edition copies issued. Per Richard Langworth (p.35), binding was probably done in England, using English sheets and a Scribner's title page cancel, since copies are bound in the identical lilac cloth as the Eyre & Spottiswoode edition of the same year. However, the striking dust jacket is unique to this U.S. first edition, printed in red and black, bearing R. C. Woodville's dramatic illustration of the Charge of the 21st Lancers. This copy is very good in a very good minus dust jacket. The cloth binding is tight and clean and has obviously spent life jacketed, despite shelf wear to the bottom edges, light wear to extremities, and a hint of spine toning. The contents retain a crisp feel despite some age-toning. The book feels unread. We find no spotting or previous ownership marks. Even the page edges are clean. Mild differential toning to the endpapers corresponds to the dust jacket flaps, confirming that this copy has spent life jacketed. All maps and plans are present. The dust jacket is complete, apart from fractional loss to the spine ends and corners and a neatly price-clipped upper front flap. There is light toning to the spine, minor overall soiling, and a tiny, stray ink mark in a blank margin of the lower left front face. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover. The River War recounts Churchill's experiences and perspective on British involvement in the Sudan. The text is arresting, insightful, powerfully descriptive, and of enduring relevance. Mohammed Ahmed was a messianic Islamic leader in central and northern Sudan in the final decades of the 19th century. In 1883 the Mahdists overwhelmed the Egyptian army of British commander William Hicks, and Great Britain ordered the withdrawal of all Egyptian troops and officials from the Sudan. In 1885, General Gordon famously lost his life in a doomed defense of the capitol, Khartoum, where he had been sent to lead evacuation of Egyptian forces. Though the Mahdi died in 1895, his theocracy continued until 1898, when General Kitchener reoccupied the Sudan. With Kitchener was a very young Winston Churchill, who would participate in the battle of Omdurman in September 1898, where the Mahdist forces were decisively defeated. In his book about the British campaign in the Sudan, Churchill - a young officer in a colonial British army - was unusually sympathetic to the Mahdist forces and critical of Imperial cynicism and cruelty. This is manifestly evident in the highly critical comment about Kitchener prominently quoted and bordered in red on the front face of the dust jacket – something else unique to this first U.S. edition. Here is a chief figure of the Second World War on horseback on a colonial battlefield, participating in what has been called by some the last "genuine" cavalry charge of the British Army. This work offers us the candid perspective of the future great man of the 20th century from the distinctly 19th century battlefields where Churchill learned to write and earned his early fame. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A2.5, Woods/ICS A2(db), Langworth p.35. Seller Inventory # 004462

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Winston Churchill

Published by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York (1933)

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About this Item: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1933. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First edition. Fine in very good dust jacket. A Near Fine Copy in Very Good Dust Jacket. Seller Inventory # 816132

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CHURCHILL, Winston S.

Published by London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1902 (1902)

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About this Item: London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1902, 1902. Octavo. Original red cloth, title gilt to upper board and spine, together with facsimile gilt signature and block of one of Kitchener's Nile gunboats to the upper board, and of the Mahdi's tomb to the spine, black surface-paper endpapers. A little rubbed and spotted, spine slightly sunned and creased, front pastedown slightly skinned from the removal of a bookplate, front hinge a little loose, contemporary ownership inscription in pencil to the front free endpaper, and inked to the title page, light marginal browning, very good. Photogravure portrait frontispiece of Kitchener, 14 coloured maps and plans, 6 of them folding, a further 8 sketch-maps in the text. First one-volume edition, revised (second edition overall). 1,000 copies published on 15 October 1902. The text had been revised considerably, and a new chapter added describing the ultimate destruction of the khalifa and the end of the war, making Churchill's self-described tale of blood and war "at once accurate and complete." Cohen A2.2; Woods A2(b). Seller Inventory # 85268

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Churchill, Winston Spencer

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About this Item: New York and Bombay: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1899. In two volumes. First edition, second state. 8vo. 462 pp., 499 pp. (32 pp. of ads in rear of first volume). Re-backed. Blue cloth stamped in gilt, worn; Volume I missing final map (The Soudan) and with light water damage to ads in rear, contemporary owner's signature on recto of frontispiece in first volume; black endpapers. A very good set. Seller Inventory # 012911

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CHURCHILL, Winston S.

Published by London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1902 (1902)

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About this Item: London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1902, 1902. Octavo. Original red cloth, title gilt to front board and spine, with facsimile gilt signature and block of one of Kitchener's Nile gunboats to front board and of the Mahdi's tomb to spine, black surface-paper endpapers. Very slight fading to spine (but considerably less than usual), very slight rubbing to ends and corners with a very small tear to cloth at head, spotting to edges, end leaves, and somewhat to margins of some inner leaves, still an excellent copy, sound and presenting very well. Photogravure portrait frontispiece of Kitchener, 14 coloured maps and plans, 6 of them folding, a further 8 sketch-maps in the text. 40pp. publisher's advertisements at the rear. First one-volume edition, the second overall following the two-volume first edition of October 1899, this one of only 1,003 copies (as such a more scarce edition than the first) published on 15 October 1902. The text had been revised considerably, and a new chapter added describing the ultimate destruction of the khalifa and the end of the war, making Churchill's self-described tale of blood and war "at once accurate and complete." All subsequent editions of The River War are based on the 1902 abridged and revised text. A very smart copy in the original cloth. Cohen A2.2; Woods A2(b). Seller Inventory # 95957

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The River War: Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

Published by 00- London, New York andBombay- Longmans, Green and Co. (1899)

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About this Item: 00- London, New York andBombay- Longmans, Green and Co., 1899. Hardcover. Condition: VERY GOOD. First edition. A beautifully bound first edition set of this famous work by Winston Churchill. Volume I is first edition, first impression, dated 1899. Volume II is first edition, second impression, as stated on the title page and dated 1900. Only 2000 copies were printed of the first impression, and only 500 printed of the second impression, making both volumes scarce for any collector. Collated: Complete, with seven photogravure plates, 34 maps and plans and numerous illustrations by Angus McNeill. Without the non-essential 32 page publisher's catalogue to the rear. The River War was Churchill's second published work, a history of the British imperial involvement in the Sudan and the Mahdi War between the British forces and the Dervish forces. The River War is a fascinating work of military which combines Churchill's deep reflections on the war, the historicaldetails, and Churchill's own anecdotes of personal adventure. Churchill's writing iscritical,both of the native inhabitants of the Sudan and the Britisharmy withwhom he fought, and provides a unique insight into this period. The work is famous for Churchill's scathing criticism of thecommander of the campaign,Lord Kitchener. Churchill recountsKitchener's desecration of the tomb of The Mahdi, the leader of the Dervish forces, and the criticism lead to Kitchener's behaviour being debated in Parliamentand fuelled the deepening ill feeling between the Churchill and the commander. The controversial passages were excised from the 1902 one-volume edition, which was greatly abridged. The abridged version is the work that best survives in modern paperbacks, making the first edition, two volume, unabridged work an important and interesting work for any collector. Condition: Rebound in red half calf bindings with contrasting black spine labels. Externally, very smart with some light rubbing to the extremities, heavier tot he head and tail of the spine. Label of the Argus Office, Rushden to front pastedown of each volume. Pencil signature dated 1901 to front free-endpaper. Rebound without the black endpapers or the publisher's advertisements. Internally, firmly bound. Pages bright with scattered spotting throughout, mostly marginal. Heavier patches of spotting in places particularly to pages 154 and 337 of volume I, the map at page 154. All folding maps are intact and generally bright with just occasional odd spot or mark. Overall: VERY GOOD. Seller Inventory # 053670

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CHURCHILL, Winston S.

Published by Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, 1933 (1933)

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About this Item: Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, 1933, 1933. Octavo. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in full burgundy morocco, titles and decoration to spine gilt, raised bands, single rule to boards gilt, Churchill's signature to front board gilt, marbled endpapers, inner dentelles gilt, all edges gilt. A fine copy. With 22 maps and plans. First Cheap Edition. Seller Inventory # 33022

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The River War, An Historical Account of: Winston S. Churchill

Winston S. Churchill

Published by Longmans, Green, and Co., London (1899)

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About this Item: Longmans, Green, and Co., London, 1899. Full leather. First edition, first printing. This is the first edition, first printing of Churchill’s second published work, finely bound. The exquisite binding by Sotheran of London (one of the world’s oldest bookshops) wears some of its age, but is nonetheless magnificent in full, polished, speckled calf. The boards feature treble ruled gilt borders with gilt corner ornaments, double gilt rules on all edges, and elaborately tooled gilt dentelles (turn-ins) framing marbled paper end sheets. Shelf appearance is strikingly handsome; the spines are skillfully backed in polished, speckled calf with raised spine bands framed by gilt rules, red morocco spine labels, and gilt tooled and printed compartments. The contents are bound with gilt top edges and head and foot bands. Tiny print on the verso of each front free endpaper reads "SOTHERAN SACKVILLE ST LONDON". The bindings almost certainly date from the early days of the 81 years Sotheran spent at this address. Condition of the bindings approaches very good. The spines are lightly sunned and the boards show moderate wear to extremities. The contents are bright and comparatively clean for the edition. We find no previous ownership marks. Spotting is only light and intermittent. Careful collation confirms the presence of all maps and plans, noting a discreet repair to the verso of the Volume I map facing p.154 (to reinforce one of the folds). Published in two massive volumes in 1899, the first edition of this work is compelling in every respect. The text is arresting, insightful, powerfully descriptive, and of enduring relevance. Mohammed Ahmed was a messianic Islamic leader in central and northern Sudan in the final decades of the 19th century. In 1883 the Mahdists overwhelmed the Egyptian army of British commander William Hicks, and Great Britain ordered the withdrawal of all Egyptian troops and officials from the Sudan. In 1885, General Gordon famously lost his life in a doomed defense of the capitol, Khartoum, where he had been sent to lead evacuation of Egyptian forces. Though the Mahdi died in 1895, his theocracy continued until 1898, when General Kitchener reoccupied the Sudan. With Kitchener was a very young Winston Churchill, who participated in the last "genuine" cavalry charge of the British army at the battle of Omdurman in September 1898, where the Mahdist forces were decisively defeated. Churchill - a young officer in a colonial British army - is notably sympathetic to the Mahdist forces and critical of Imperial cynicism and cruelty. This work offers us the candid perspective of the future great man of the 20th century from the distinctly 19th century battlefields where Churchill learned to write and earned his early fame. In addition to being a compelling piece of writing, the text of the first edition of The River War is both beautifully rendered and bibliographically precious. Each of the two large volumes is printed on heavy paper with a profusion of illustrations, maps, and plans. They are also scarce; there were only 2,000 copies of this first edition, first printing. Moreover, this is one of the few Churchill books for which there was no concurrent U.S. first edition. Notably, the first edition is the only unabridged edition to this day. In 1902 Churchill (then a new Member of Parliament) revised and abridged his text, excising much of his criticism of Kitchener for political reasons. All of the many subsequent editions of The River War are based on the 1902 abridged and revised text. Please anticipate that this large, heavy set may require additional postage. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A2.1.b, Woods/ICS A2(a.1), Langworth p.29. Seller Inventory # 004489

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CHURCHILL, WINSTON S.

Published by Longmans Green & Co., London (1899)

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About this Item: Longmans Green & Co., London, 1899. Cloth. Condition: VG-. Angus MacNeill (illustrator). 1st Edition. Two (2) volumes in gilt lettered blue cloth. Bindings recased with rather unpleasing but solid result. Interiors foxed throughout. All maps and illustrations present. A very good set. Size: 8vo. Seller Inventory # 27555

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The River War. An Historical Account of: CHURCHILL, Winston S.

CHURCHILL, Winston S.

Published by London, New York and Bombay: Longmans, Green & Co., 1899 (1899)

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About this Item: London, New York and Bombay: Longmans, Green & Co., 1899, 1899. 2 volumes, octavo. Original dark blue cloth, titles and pictorial decoration gilt to spines and front boards, black coated endpapers. Both volumes separately housed in a navy full morocco bookform folding case. Extremities rubbed with tiny splits to the joints of volume 1, tape reinforcement to the hinges between half-title and frontispiece in both volumes, cracked in volume 1, spotting throughout; good condition. Portrait frontispiece in each volume. 4 illustrated plates and 11 folding maps in volume 1, 2 illustrated plates and 9 folding maps and three non-folding maps in volume 2, and numerous illustrations, maps and plans in the text. First edition, first impression, second state – with a minor typographic error (the second inverted comma missing after THE 'LONDON GAZETTE['], p. 459, vol. II) corrected before publication. Both states of Churchill's second book were issued on 6 November 1899 in an edition of 2,000 copies. It includes his account of the charge of the 21st Lancers, to whom he was attached, at Omdurman on 2 September 1898, described by the Dictionary of National Biography as "that last cavalry charge of the dying century". DNB also considers The River War a "superb" history; while Churchill himself more graphically called it "a tale of blood and war". The present copy has a good military provenance: both volumes bear the contemporary armorial bookplate of wealthy Huguenot-descended businessman Henry Pigé-Leschallas (d. 1903), father of Captain Gilbert Pigé-Leschallas, of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, who was killed in action at Gallipoli (for the blunders of which Churchill himself was largely blamed). They also have the armorial bookplates of Henry Frederick, 6th Marquess of Bath, one of the "Bright Young Things" of the 1920s who went on to gain the rank of major in the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry, and be awarded the Bronze and Silver Star for action in the Second World War. Cohen A2.1.b: Woods A2(a). Seller Inventory # 85338

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The River War. An Historical Account of: CHURCHILL, Winston S.

CHURCHILL, Winston S.

Published by London, New York and Bombay: Longmans, Green & Co, 1899 (1899)

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About this Item: London, New York and Bombay: Longmans, Green & Co, 1899, 1899. 2 volumes, octavo (222 x 150 mm). Contemporary purple quarter calf, spines in compartments with gilt titles direct and blind tooling, marbled paper sides, all edges red, marbled endpapers. Leaf listing illustrations in Volume 2 loose, one small tape repair to bottom margin of p. 146 in Volume I, maps reinforced at folds, light spotting throughout. A very good set. Portrait frontispiece in each volume, 4 illustrated plates and 11 folding maps in volume 1, 2 illustrated plates and 9 folding maps and three non-folding maps in volume 2, and numerous illustrations, maps and plans in the text. First edition, first impression, second state with minor typographic error (second inverted comma missing after THE 'LONDON GAZETTE[']) corrected on p. 459 of volume II. The River War was Churchill's second book, preceded only by The Story of the Malakand Field Force (1898), "2,000 copies published on 6 November 1899" (Woods). It includes, of course, his account of the charge of the 21st Lancers, to whom he was attached, at Omdurman on 2 September 1898, described by the Dictionary of National Biography as "that last cavalry charge of the dying century". DNB also considers The River War a "superb" history; whilst Churchill himself more graphically called it "a tale of blood and war". Cohen A2.1.b: Woods A2(a). Seller Inventory # 105504

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Winston Churchill

Published by London: Longmans, Green (1899)

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About this Item: London: Longmans, Green, 1899. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Superb two-volume First Edition set of the great statesman’s second book, his historical account of the reconquest of the Sudan, based upon his own extensive experience as a British Army officer during the Mahdist War.  The book provides in highly informative and enthralling detail a history of British involvement in the Sudan and the conflict between the British forces led by Lord Kitchener and the Dervish forces commanded by Khalifa Abdallahi ibn Muhammad, heir to the self-proclaimed Mahdi Muhammad Ahmad whose goal was the conquering of Egypt and the expulsion of all the non-Muslim infidels. The River War was Churchill’s second published book after The Story of the Malakand Field Force.  This stunning set is truly a collector’s gem.  Beautifully bound in full scarlet oasis morocco leather by the famed Bayntun of Bath, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, raised bands with six compartments and gilt titles. Aesthetically this production is lavish, each of the two large volumes printed on heavy paper with a profusion of illustrations, maps, and plans. Second, from a collector’s standpoint it is scarce; the publisher released only 2,646 copies of this beautiful edition, and this number includes both second and third printings. Third, bibliographically it is notable that this first edition is the only unabridged edition printed to this day. A true, stunning, highly sought after literary collectible, and priced accordingly. Seller Inventory # ABE-1525576047115

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CHURCHILL, WINSTON.

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About this Item: London: Longmans, Green, 1899, 1899. First Edition. Two volumes; original publisher's pictorial cloth; spines a little creased; very minor foxing and wear; an excellent set of this superb narrative, which is especially remarkable for the author's eyewitness account of the Battle of Omdurman. All books described as first editions are first printings unless otherwise noted. Seller Inventory # 19591

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The River War - An Historical Account: CHURCHILL, Winston Spencer.

CHURCHILL, Winston Spencer.

Published by Longmans, Green, London. (1899)

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About this Item: Longmans, Green, London., 1899. First edition. Octavo. Two volumes. pp xxii, 462 + x, 499. Illustrated with drawings by Angus McNeill of the Seaforth Highlanders; 7 photogravure portraits; numerous maps and plans. Original black gilt pictorial cloth lettered in gilt. The author's second book. 2003 copies were printed. Rubber ownership stamp on half-title of each volume. Cover edges just a little bumped. Sporadic foxing. Very good set indeed and scarce in such bright condition. Seller Inventory # CHURCHIL002072

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Churchill, Winston S.

Published by Longmans, Green & Co., London, New York (1899)

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About this Item: Longmans, Green & Co., London, New York, 1899. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing of both books in this two volume set. A beautiful copy SIGNED by Winston Churchill on a laid in signature in volume 1. Both books are bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's blue cloth. The bindings are tight with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp with minor wear to the edges. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the books. A superb set SIGNED by the author. We buy SIGNED Churchill First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # ABE-1469388349085

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Sheets of The River War, volume I,: CHURCHILL, Winston S.

CHURCHILL, Winston S.

Published by London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1899 (1899)

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About this Item: London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1899, 1899. Octavo. Loose sheets in recent blue full morocco, plush-lined box, title gilt to the spine. Half-title somewhat soiled and browned, last leaf with some marginal splits, no loss of text, and soiling verso, but otherwise just light toning and some marginal finger-soiling and chipping throughout, overall very good. Unbound pre-publication sheets of Churchill's second book, with his holograph corrections, some quite extensive, to 17 pages. Working papers from the early part of Churchill's writing career are exceedingly uncommon. Just one minor correction marked here seems to have been adopted in the published version, but a number were taken up in the single-volume edition published in 1902. Churchill's tendency to rewrite, revise, amend, and generally to tinker with his work right down to the wire, and often beyond - "an indefatigable reviser" (Woods) - was the source of great frustration, and expense, to his publishers throughout his career. "Revise would follow revise, eventually to become a 'Final Revise'; this title, however, rarely fulfilled its promise. More often than not 'Overtake Corrections' then began to arrive, sometimes even after the presses had started running" (Woods, Artillery of Words, p.156). Here Churchill has marked up an unsewn set of the sheets to the first volume, and it seems unlikely that this was in preparation for the single-volume edition as a number of his emendations actually represent expansions of the text. Of particular interest are those made in chapter III, "The Fate of the Envoy", pp. 100–04 , which include a note of the source for his dramatic description of the death of Gordon; "I received this account in Feb. from a man I sent up to Khartoum from the steamer I was on about Feb. 10th, & have it now at home". A highly desirable document of the writing of Churchill's "superb" history (DNB) of the war in the Sudan and of his involvement in it. Cohen A2.1.b: Woods A2(a). Seller Inventory # 90104

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Collection of works, all first editions:] The: CHURCHILL, Winston S.

About this Item: 1898–1961, 1961. 33 works bound in 46 volumes. Uniformly bound in later 20th-century red half morocco by Bayntun, twin blue morocco labels to spines with date lettered in gilt at foot, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. Faint uneven discolouration to spines, very minor imperfections to a few pages, else a near-fine set. With portraits, photographic reproductions, maps and charts, some folding. First British editions, first impressions, of all of Churchill's major works, in attractive matching bindings by Bayntun of Bath. Churchill was a prolific writer in the fields of history, biography and politics, alongside forays into essays and fiction, with several volumes of his collected speeches also published. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953 "for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values". Collections of Churchill's first editions in uniform bindings are scarce in commerce. Cohen A1.1a; C72a; A2.1.b; A3.1.a; A4.1.a; A8.1.a; C219; A17.1; A27.1; A29.1.a; A69.2(I)d, A69.2(II).a, A69.2(III-1[-2]).a, A69.2(IV).b, A69.2(V).a; A91.1c; A95.1.a; A242.1.a; A97.2.(I-IV).a; A105.1.a; A107.1; A111.1.a; A142.1.a; A172.1.b; A183.1a; A194.1.a; A214.1.a; A223.1.b; A227.2.a; A240.4[(I).b](II-VI).a; A241.1; A246.1; A255.1; A264.1; A267.1(I-IV).a; A272.1.a; A273. Seller Inventory # 127143

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