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[First Canadian Hardcover Edition]


By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First Canadian Hardcover Edition
Biblio: (Cohen A8.3) (Woods A5)
Date: 1900
Published: The Copp, Clark Company, Ltd. [Toronto]
Size (Details): 8vo (424 pages, with frontis portrait of Ian Hamilton, 1 three-color folding map.)
Binding: Hardcover [Yellowish-brown pictorial cloth]

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 14433



The first of two Boer War volumes derived from young Winston's newspaper despatches as a war correspondent in South Africa, featuring a thrilling account of his escape from the Boers, an escape that helped launch his political career. The First English edition was published elaborately in fawn-colored cloth stamped with a striking cover illustration of the infamous armored train that Churchill was defending when he was captured. The American edition is an unadorned, though still handsome, red cloth binding with gilt lettering.

Description: This is a strikingly handsome copy of the rare first Canadian issue, which, like the Canadian LADYSMITH, was produced from American First edition plates and bound in a similar but not identical style to the English first edition. The coarser, more ochre-color, cloth retains the armoured train cover motif but with a red fleur-de-lis on the spine instead of crossed flags. The cloth has perhaps darkened a trifle with age, particularly along the spine, but this copy is otherwise virtually mint, inside and out, save for a vintage ink gift inscription, dated "1900" on the front free endpaper, together with a former-owner name and address inkstamp. Remarkable for an edition that is far scarcer than either the English or American firsts and is even rarer than LADYSMITH in the Canadian edition.

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