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Churchill, Winston S.

Published by Award Books. New York: Universal Publishing and Distributing Corporation (1964)

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About this Item: Award Books. New York: Universal Publishing and Distributing Corporation, 1964. Paperback. first edition. A-123S almost near fine Photo cover. paperback, Seller Inventory # 231007

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Churchill, Winston S.

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About this Item: Award Books. New York: Universal Publishing and Distributing Corporation, 1964. Paperback. first edition. A-123S near fine Photo cover. paperback, Seller Inventory # 231008

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Churchill, Winston S.

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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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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 7" - 9" tall. Seller Inventory # 011440

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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 a superior copy of 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 approaches near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Two aspects of condition distinguish this jacket. First is completeness. The jacket is unclipped, retaining the original $2.75 front flap price, with only fractional loss confined to the flap fold corners. Second, the red spine print retains vivid color quite a rarity among surviving copies of this jacket. These two factors more than compensate for modest overall soiling and minor wear to extremities. The dust jacket is protected beneath a removable, clear, archival cover. The book beneath is equally impressive. The lilac cloth binding is square, clean, and tight, the color suffering no toning or soiling. Shelf wear is negligible, confined to extremities. The contents are immaculately clean with a crisp, unread feel. Testifying that the book is unread, we find uncut signatures throughout. We do not find any previous ownership marks or spotting. Even the page edges are notably clean. The sole defect we find is a horizontal tear to the lower part of the p.79-80 leaf, clearly a result the uncut signature conjoining the bottom edge of the p.77-78 and 79-80 leaves. 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 that same year, his theocracy continued until 1898, when General Kitchener reoccupied the Sudan. With Kitchener was a very young Winston Churchill, who participated 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. Reference: Cohen A2.5, Woods/ICS A2(db), Langworth p.35. Seller Inventory # 006024

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

CHURCHILL, Winston S.

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

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About this Item: New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1933, 1933. Octavo. Original lilac cloth, spine lettered in black. With the dust jacket. Bookplate of Frederick Archer; jacket spine toned, a few nicks and chips, binding spine only slightly rolled, small old stain on top edge. An excellent copy. 22 maps and plans (many folding). First US edition, decidedly uncommon, having been issued in a surprisingly small print run of a mere 1,040 copies; Churchill contributed a new introduction ("Nearly thirty-five years have passed since this book was written, and I am very glad that it is now to take a renewed lease of life"). "From the date of its first publication in 1899, in two volumes, The River War had continued to find an eager readership" (Martin Gilbert, Winston S. Churchill, Volume V Companion Part 2, p. 430). An exceptional copy in the elusive and eye-catching dust jacket. Cohen A2.5; Langworth, Connoisseur's Guide, pp. 35-36 ("the dust jacket is especially attractive"); not in Woods. Seller Inventory # 122396

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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, gilt titles and pictorial decoration to both spine and front board, black endpapers. Marginal browning, hinges starting and front free endpaper becoming loose, but overall a very good, cloth slightly rubbed at the extremities, spine sunned, chipping and splitting at head and tail. With frontispiece, maps and plans, six of them folding. Second edition, revised, first one volume edition. 1000 copies printed on the 15th 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. Woods A2(b). Seller Inventory # 37120

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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: An Historical Account of: CHURCHILL, Winston Spencer

CHURCHILL, Winston Spencer

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

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About this Item: Longmans, Green, and Co, New York and Bombay, 1899. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First edition, second state. Two volumes. Tall octavos. 462; 499pp. (32pp. of ads in rear of first volume). Portraits, maps, and plans. Volume I missing final map (The Soudan). Blue cloth stamped in gilt. Contemporary ownership signature in Volume I, nearly seamlessly rebacked, and with light water damage to ads in rear of Volume I, uniform rubbing and wear on the boards, gilt a bit dull, a sound and very good set. Seller Inventory # 429303

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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: Winston S. Churchill

Winston S. Churchill

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About this Item: Longmans, Green, & Co., London, 1900. Hardcover. First edition, second printing. This is the first edition, second printing of Churchill's second published work, an unrestored, fully intact set in the striking, original bindings. Published in two massive volumes, this edition is compelling in every respect. The text is arresting, insightful, powerfully descriptive, and enduringly relevant. Mohammed Ahmed, the Mahdi, was a messianic Islamic leader in central and northern Sudan in the final decades of the 19th century. In 1883 Mahdists overwhelmed the Egyptian army of British commander William Hicks and Great Britain ordered withdrawal of Egyptian troops and officials from the Sudan. In 1885, General Gordon famously lost his life in a doomed defense of the capitol, Khartoum. Though Ahmed died that same year, his theocracy continued until 1898, when General Kitchener reoccupied the Sudan. With Kitchener was a young Winston Churchill, who participated in decisive defeat of the Mahdist forces and the last "genuine" cavalry charge of the British army during the battle of Omdurman in September 1898. In this book, Churchill - a young officer in a colonial British army - is unusually sympathetic to the Mahdist forces and critical of Imperial cynicism and cruelty. This work offers the young Churchill s candid perspective from the distinctly 19th century battlefields where he learned to write and earned his early fame long before he became a 20th century icon. This first edition is not only compellingly written, but also beautiful and bibliographically important. The two large, lavish volumes are decorated with gilt representations of the Mahdi's tomb on the spines and a gunboat on the front covers. Each volume is printed on heavy paper with a profusion of illustrations, maps, and plans. This is one of the few Churchill books for which there was no concurrent U.S. first edition. And the first edition is scarce. There were just three printings of the first edition (2,646 copies total). All three printings are virtually identical, issued respectively in November 1899, February 1900 (503 copies), and June 1900 (140 copies). Bibliographically it is notable that 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 subsequent editions of The River War are based on this 1902 abridged and revised text. Condition of this first edition, second printing set in the fully intact, unrestored original publisher s cloth is very good plus. This second printing is readily distinguished from the first printing only by the words "Second Impression" on the title page and a 1900 date replacing 1899. The dark blue cloth bindings are a treat, not only square, clean, and tight, but also unfaded, with excellent shelf presentation. We note modest wear to extremities, including minor corner bumps, and light overall scuffing, mostly to the blank rear covers. The considerable weight of the text block of this edition inevitably strained nearly all surviving original bindings. This set is noteworthy for uncompromised, tight bindings. Some concavity to the Volume II spine is the only visible toll of the massive text blocks. The original black endpapers are intact, with no sign of the typical cracking at the gutters. Likewise, all illustrations, maps, and plans are intact, as are the protective tissue covers at each frontispiece. The contents are quite respectable, despite moderate spotting intermittent throughout. We find no previous ownership marks. The page edges are clean apart from spotting. Not fine, but certainly an impressively well-preserved, unmolested set with impressive shelf presentation. Reference: Cohen A2.1.c, Woods/ICS A2(a.2), Langworth p.29. Seller Inventory # 005951

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THE RIVER WAR. An Account of the: CHURCHILL. WINSTON. SPENCER.

CHURCHILL. WINSTON. SPENCER.

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

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About this Item: Longmans, Green & Co. London. 1899, 1899. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION. Two volumes. 8vo. (9.3 x 6.5 inches). Portrait frontis of Viscount Cromer in volume one, and Lord Kitchener in volume two. Illustrated throughout with 56 mono plates, mostly by Angus McNeill of the Seaforth highlanders, and 34 maps, 20 of these fold out. With the corrected text -- inverted comma present on page 459 of volume 2. A little foxing to a few pages but overall a bright clean copy throughout. Finely bound in recent full navy blue morocco. Spines with raised bands, twin red labels, gilt. Single gilt ruled border on boards. Top edges gilt. Overall a very good copy of this important work. Churchill's second book. Only 2003 copies were published on 6th November 1899. Seller Inventory # 10063

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The River War. An Historical Account of: 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. 2 volumes, octavo (222 x 150 mm). 20th-century purple quarter sheep, spines gilt lettered direct, overall blind decoration to compartments, marbled paper sides, red edges, speckled endpapers. Spines sunned, covers slightly bowed, small stain at fore-edge of vol. I (encroaching only slightly into margins), old tape repair to foot of p. 146 (vol. I) and at head of pp. 457-8 (vol. II), paper reinforcement to folds of maps, scattered foxing (a little heavy in places), occasional thumbing. A good copy. Photogravure portrait frontispiece to each volume (Cromer and Kitchener), 5 similar plates, one full-page photogravure to the text, 50 wood-engravings to the text by Angus Neil, 23 colour maps and battle plans, all but 3 folding, 11 maps to the text of which 2 full-page. First edition, first impression, second state, with minor typographic error on p. 459 of volume II corrected (so that the second inverted comma in the line THE 'LONDON GAZETTE' is now present). 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 old Dictionary of National Biography as "that last cavalry charge of the dying century". "The River War (1899), a two-volume work in which the story of the campaign was firmly embedded in a remarkably sympathetic history of the Sudanese revolt against Egyptian rule. Churchill wrote: 'Those whose practice it is to regard their own nation as possessing a monopoly of virtue and common sense are wont to ascribe every military enterprise of savage people to fanaticism. They calmly ignore obvious and legitimate motives upon the whole there exists no better case for rebellion than presented itself to the Soudanese'. Churchill was also critical of aspects of British imperialism. He censured Kitchener for his part in the desecration of the Mahdi's tomb and the slaughter of wounded dervish soldiers. For all that, he never doubted the 'civilizing mission' of the British in Asia and Africa" (ODNB). Cohen A2.1.b: Woods A2(a). Seller Inventory # 105504

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

Winston S. Churchill

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About this Item: Longmans, Green and Co., London, 1899. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. This is the first edition, first printing of Churchill's second published work, an unrestored, fully intact set in the striking, original bindings. The Mahdi, Mohammed Ahmed, was a messianic Islamic leader in central and northern Sudan in the final decades of the 19th century. In 1885, General Gordon famously lost his life in a doomed defense of the capitol, Khartoum. Though the Mahdi died that same year, his theocracy continued until 1898, when General Kitchener reoccupied the Sudan. With Kitchener was a young Winston Churchill, who participated in decisive defeat of the Mahdist forces and the last "genuine" cavalry charge of the British army during the battle of Omdurman in September 1898. In this book, Churchill - a young officer in a colonial British army - is unusually sympathetic to the Mahdist forces and critical of Imperial cynicism and cruelty. This work offers the young Churchill s candid perspective from the distinctly 19th century battlefields where he learned to write and earned his early fame long before he became a 20th century icon. This first edition is not only compellingly written, but also beautiful and bibliographically important. The two large, lavish volumes are decorated with gilt representations of the Mahdi's tomb on the spines and a gunboat on the front covers. Each volume is printed on heavy paper with a profusion of illustrations, maps, and plans. They are also scarce; there were 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. Bibliographically it is notable that 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 subsequent editions of The River War are based on this 1902 abridged and revised text. This first edition, first printing set approaches very good condition. The publisher s illustrated cloth bindings are scuffed with modest superficial wear. Nonetheless, the bindings remain tight and the color and gilt are quite good on both the covers and spine. Likewise, the contents are quite good for the edition. The original black endpapers are intact, as are all of the extensive maps and plans, as well as the frontispiece portraits and tissue guards. Spotting, common in the edition, is modest, intermittent throughout but substantially confined to prelims and page edges. Two features further distinguish this set provenance and content. Volume I of first edition, first printing sets often contains a publisher s catalogue bound in at the rear. Churchill s bibliographer, Ron Cohen, speculates that copies lacking the catalogue were likely "destined for sale in either the American or other overseas markets." This set lacks the rear catalogue, but nonetheless was evidently sold in Britain. Identical illustrated bookplates affixed to each front pastedown are those of William Robert Hood Rochfort (1847-1940), who lived in Ireland and served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery. His interest in the books may be explained by the fact that his brother, Alexander Nelson Rochfort (1850-1916) served in the Royal Artillery, as an aide de camp to the Viceroy of India, and later took part in the Second Boer War, during which he was both wounded and decorated. Kitchener described Rochfort as "fearless of responsibility, never makes difficulties, and has all the qualifications for a leader in the field." (London Gazette, July 1902). The only other previous ownership marks are the same inked owner surname and date of "1941" on the recto of each blank sheet preceding the half title (additionally in pencil on the Volume I half title). The timing is of note; William Rochfort died childless in 1940 and Churchill was of course wartime premier in 1941. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A2.1.b, Woods/ICS A2(a.1), Langworth p.29. Seller Inventory # 005933

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

Winston S. Churchill

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About this Item: Longmans, Green and Co., London, 1899. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. This is the first edition, first printing of Churchill's second published work, an unrestored, fully intact set in the striking, original bindings, both volumes housed together in a navy leather slipcase. This set approaches very good condition. Often the original bindings are broken and subsequently repaired, owing to the weight of the massive text blocks. In this case, the publisher's illustrated cloth bindings are scuffed with superficial wear and mild, even dulling of the spines. Nonetheless, the bindings remain tight. The spine ends are wrinkled but shelf presentation is quite respectable nonetheless. The contents are quite good for the edition. The original black endpapers are intact, as are all of the extensive maps and plans, as well as the frontispiece portraits and tissue guards. Spotting, common in the edition, is quite light, intermittent but never significant or obtrusive. Content is of note for the lack of a publisher s catalogue. Volume I of first edition, first printing sets often contains a publisher s catalogue bound in at the rear. Churchill s bibliographer, Ron Cohen, speculates that copies lacking the catalogue were likely "destined for sale in either the American or other overseas markets." This set lacks the rear catalogue, but nonetheless was evidently sold in Britain. Identical heraldic bookplates of Sir Edward Penton (1875-1967) affixed to each front pastedown are the only previous ownership marks. The bookplates and uniform appearance of the volumes strongly suggest that these two volumes are a lifelong, mated set rather than a "married" pair. Both volumes are housed in a navy leather-covered slipcase with the title, author, and Marlborough arms stamped in gilt on the side. Condition of the slipcase is fine, clean, bright, and fully intact. The Mahdi, Mohammed Ahmed, was a messianic Islamic leader in central and northern Sudan in the final decades of the 19th century. In 1885, General Gordon famously lost his life in a doomed defense of the capitol, Khartoum. Though the Mahdi died that same year, his theocracy continued until 1898, when General Kitchener reoccupied the Sudan. With Kitchener was a young Winston Churchill, who participated in decisive defeat of the Mahdist forces and the last "genuine" cavalry charge of the British army during the battle of Omdurman in September 1898. In this book, Churchill - a young officer in a colonial British army - is unusually sympathetic to the Mahdist forces and critical of Imperial cynicism and cruelty. This work offers the young Churchill s candid perspective from the distinctly 19th century battlefields where he learned to write and earned his early fame long before he became a 20th century icon. This first edition is not only compellingly written, but also beautiful and bibliographically important. The two large, lavish volumes are decorated with gilt representations of the Mahdi's tomb on the spines and a gunboat on the front covers. Each volume is printed on heavy paper with a profusion of illustrations, maps, and plans. They are also scarce; there were 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. Bibliographically it is notable that 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 subsequent editions of The River War are based on this 1902 abridged and revised text. Reference: Cohen A2.1.b, Woods/ICS A2(a.1), Langworth p.29. Seller Inventory # 006059

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CHURCHILL, Winston

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About this Item: Longmans, London, 1899. hardcover. Condition: very good. First. Maps, plans & frontispiece illustrations. 2 thick volumes, original dark blue cloth, with gilt titles & pictorial decoration to the spine & front cover. London: Longmans, Green, 1899. First Edition. An attractive set of Churchill's second published work, in a cloth slipcase lettered in gilt, with a crest. The black end-papers have been professionally replaced, and there is foxing throughout , but a sturdy set with minimal cover wear, that presents very well. Seller Inventory # 287278

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Winston S. Churchill

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About this Item: Longmans, Green and Co., London, 1899. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. This is the first edition, first printing of Churchill's second published work, an unrestored, fully intact two-volume set in the striking, original bindings, each volume housed in a full navy morocco Solander case. Condition of this set is very good. Often the original bindings are broken and subsequently repaired, owing to the weight of the massive text blocks. In this case the publisher s illustrated cloth bindings remain intact. The cloth is lightly scuffed and blemished, with only modest superficial wear showing, the sole exception being an irregular patch of discoloration of the cloth, likely from brief contact with moisture, at the upper left corner of the blank Vol. II rear cover. The contents are quite respectable for the edition. The Vol. I xi-xiv and xvii-xx signatures remain uncut. The original black endpapers are intact, as are all of the extensive maps and plans, as well as the frontispiece portraits and tissue guards. Spotting, common in the edition, is intermittent throughout. The sole previous ownership mark in pencil which we have chosen not to erase - is a three-line "Xmas 1899" gift inscription on the Vol. I. half title. The publisher s 32-page catalogue bound in at the end of Volume I is of note. Churchill s bibliographer, Ronald Cohen, (See: A2, Vol. I, p.35) states "In most copies which contain a catalogue, it will be dated 11/99", noting that "The catalogue in the second-state copy in the Library of Congress is designated "5000/10/99". This copy s rear catalogue is also dated "5000/10/99" the only such copy we have personally noted. Each book is protected within its own full navy goatskin Solander case with rounded spine, gilt framed and decorated spine bands, and blue felt-lined interior. Each case cover is decorated with a gilt-stamped reproduction of the gunboat illustration from the original bindings. Condition of the cases is near fine, one case with minor bumps to the upper corners. The Mahdi, Mohammed Ahmed, was a messianic Islamic leader in central and northern Sudan in the final decades of the 19th century. In 1885, General Gordon famously lost his life in a doomed defense of the capitol, Khartoum. Though the Mahdi died that same year, his theocracy continued until 1898, when General Kitchener reoccupied the Sudan. With Kitchener was a young Winston Churchill, who participated in decisive defeat of the Mahdist forces and the last "genuine" cavalry charge of the British army during the battle of Omdurman in September 1898. In this book, Churchill - a young officer in a colonial British army - is unusually sympathetic to the Mahdist forces and critical of Imperial cynicism and cruelty. This work offers the young Churchill s candid perspective from the distinctly 19th century battlefields where he learned to write and earned his early fame long before he became a 20th century icon. This first edition is not only compellingly written, but also beautiful and bibliographically important. The two large, lavish volumes are decorated with gilt representations of the Mahdi's tomb on the spines and a gunboat on the front covers. Each volume is printed on heavy paper with a profusion of illustrations, maps, and plans. They are also scarce; there were 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. Bibliographically it is notable that 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 subsequent editions of The River War are based on this 1902 abridged and revised text. Reference: Cohen A2.1.b, Woods/ICS A2(a.1), Langworth p.29. Seller Inventory # 006032

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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, top edges rough-trimmed, black endpapers. Light rubbing, scratch to rear cover of vol. II, front hinge of vol. II with short split at foot, front endpaper of vol. I loosening a little, but books afterwards tight, some faint foxing. An excellent copy. Photogravure portrait frontispiece to each volume, 5 similar plates, one full-page photogravure to the text, 50 wood-engravings to the text by Angus Neil, 23 colour maps and battle plans, all but 3 folding, 11 maps to the text of which 2 full-page. First edition, first impression, second state (with the inverted comma inserted after THE 'LONDON GAZETTE['] on p. 459 of the second volume). Churchill's second book, preceded only by The Story of the Malakand Field Force (1898). "Overcoming the objections of Kitchener, the commander-in-chief of the expeditionary force, Churchill obtained a temporary posting with the 21st lancers, and arrived in the Sudan in time to take part in the celebrated cavalry charge at the battle of Omdurman (2 September 1898), in which the regiment galloped by accident into a hidden ravine crammed with armed men. Churchill, who shot and killed at least three of the enemy with his Mauser pistol, was cool and courageous but lucky to survive a bout of hand-to-hand fighting in which 22 British officers and men were killed [In The River War] the story of the campaign is firmly embedded in a remarkably sympathetic history of the Sudanese revolt against Egyptian rule" (ODNB); Churchill himself graphically described his account as "a tale of blood and war". One of 2,003 copies printed. Cohen A2.1.b; Langworth pp. 27-29; Woods A2(a). Seller Inventory # 137021

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

CHURCHILL, Winston Spencer.

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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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The River War.: CHURCHILL, Winston S.

CHURCHILL, Winston S.

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About this Item: London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1899, 1899. 2 volumes, octavo. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in burgundy morocco, titles and decoration to spines, raised bands, single rule to boards, signature blocked to front boards, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Housed in a matching leather entry slipcase by the Chelsea Bindery. A fine copy. With 25 illustrations, 16 maps and plans in Volume I and 33 illustrations 18 maps and plans in Volume II by Angus McNeil, Seaforth Highlanders. First edition, first impression, of Churchill's second book, preceded only by The Story of the Malakand Field Force (1898), "2000 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". Seller Inventory # 125178

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

About this Item: Longmans, Green and Co., London, 1899. Hardcover. First edition, first printing. The second published book of then-24-year-old Winston Churchill recounts his personal experiences during British suppression of a messianic Islamic revolt in the Sudan. This first edition, first printing, two-volume set belonged to the British Royal family and is remarkable both in provenance and preservation. Condition is extraordinary - unread, near fine plus, almost never seen thus. The bindings are improbably clean, beautifully bright, and tight, with superlative shelf presentation. We can report only trivial shelf wear to extremities and minor wrinkling to spine ends. The contents are virginal, featuring uncut signatures throughout both volumes. The sole defect to splendidly bright and untouched contents is spotting, light and intermittent throughout and visible on the page edges. A magnificent full navy morocco slipcase is deferential in color and design to the publisher s bindings. Both illustrations the Mahdi s tomb on twin, faux spines and the gunboat on the front cover - are recreated from new artwork and dies, as is Churchill s facsimile signature. Within the slipcase, each book is housed in its own cloth chemise, each gilt stamped with volume number and Churchill s facsimile signature. Although condition and presentation are astonishing, they are secondary to provenance. Each front pastedown features the personal bookplate of Alexandra, Princess of Wales (1844-1925). After the death of Queen Victoria in January 1901, just 14 months after The River War was published, Alexandra became Queen Consort of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions upon the accession of her husband, King Edward VII (1841-1910). Thirty-four years before, she had married Edward with Queen Victoria s approval, whom she "effortlessly charmed" and who was eager to curb her son s "wayward inclinations" via marriage. Alexandra bore six children, the second of whom became King George V. Despite a limp and progressive deafness, she was regarded as beautiful and credited "for her part in developing one of the most important roles of the modern monarchy, the patronage and encouragement of charitable institutions and societies." (ODNB) Princess Alexandra s bookplate precedes her husband s 1901 accession and is thus contemporary to purchase of the book. Her bookplate s left coat of arms is that of the heir apparent; three points at the head of the coat of arms distinguish him thus. Her bookplate s right coat of arms is that of the Danish Royal House from 1819-1903. Alexandra s father became King Christian IX the year she married the Prince of Wales (1863). A florid "A" at the bottom of the bookplate is self-explanatory, styled similarly to her father s cypher. The books were doubtless acquired for Alexandra via Hatchards, as evidenced by "Hatchards, Piccadilly" printed at the lower left. Hatchards is London s oldest bookshop, established in 1797, a mainstay of Piccadilly for more than two centuries, counting among its customers the royal households of Britain and Europe. These books, nearly pristine and unread, were not only purchased new by the Royal family, but spent most of their life in Royal stewardship. This is evidenced by the second heraldic bookplate found on each front free endpaper. These plates, each printed "Gloucester", are those of HRH Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester (1900-1974), grandson of Alexandra, the fourth child and third son of King George V and Queen Mary, and uncle to Queen Elizabeth II. Prince Henry was the first son of a reigning monarch to attend a regular public school and the only member of the Royal family to hold the post of governor-general of Australia. Interesting to note is the fact that "Early in 1965, while returning to Barnwell from Sir Winston Churchill's funeral, the duke overturned the Rolls-Royce he was driving. He was not seriously injured in the accident, but his health gradually deteriorated from then onwards." (ODNB) Reference: Cohen A2.1.b, Woods/ICS A2(a.1), Langworth p.29. Seller Inventory # 005920

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

CHURCHILL, Winston S.

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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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Complete collection of major works, all first: CHURCHILL, Winston S.

About this Item: 1898-1961, 1961. Together 49 volumes. Uniformly bound by Bayntun of Bath in blue half morocco, spines lettered in gilt, blue cloth sides, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt; two volumes in the original wrappers housed within book-form boxes matching the rest of the set (The People's Rights, and India). Bookplate of collector Michael Scott to front pastedowns; Story of the Malakand Field Force with early ownership inscriptions to frontispiece recto; facsimile autograph letter from Churchill tipped onto the front free endpaper of Second World War vol. I; My African Journey with original cloth bound at rear. Savrola bound without half-title, else all complete. The copies in original wrappers with some fraying and wear, People's Rights with large chip to rear cover. The bindings with a little sunning to spines and around extremities else in fine condition, the contents generally clean and fresh other than light toning and minor foxing to a few volumes. A handsome and very desirable set. Complete with all illustrations. First British editions, first impressions, of all of Churchill's major works, in handsome matching bindings by Bayntun of Bath, altogether an imposing and comprehensive collection. Collections of Churchill's first editions in uniform bindings are scarce in commerce. 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". Cohen A1.1.b; A2.1.a; A3.2.b; A4.1.a; A8.1.a; A17.1; A22.1; A29.1.a; A31.2.a; A69.2(I).e; A69.2(II).a; A69.2(III-1).a; A69.2(III-2).a; A69.2(IV).b; A69.2(V).a; A.91.1.c; A92.1.c; A92.1.e; A95.1.a; A97.2; A105.1.a; A107.1; A111.1.a; A240.4; A267; A142.1.a; A.172.1.b; A.183.1.a; A.194.1; A.214.1.a; A.223.1.b; A227.2.a; A241.1; A246.1; A.255.1; A264.1; A273. Seller Inventory # 139079

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