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LONDON TO LADYSMITH (VIA PRETORIA)

[First English Edition]


LONDON TO LADYSMITH  (VIA PRETORIA)
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By: Winston S. Churchill
Edition: First English Edition [1 of 10,000 copies]
Biblio: (Cohen A4.1.a) (Woods A4a)
Date: 1900
Published: Longmans, Green, & Co. Ltd. [London]
Size (Details): 8vo (516 pages with 3 folding maps, 5 other plans and maps, 32-page rear publisher’s catalogue.)
Binding: Hardcover [Fawn pictorial cloth]

Category: First Editions by Winston Churchill
From: Churchill at Chartwell
Item Number: 14234

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LONDON TO LADYSMITH (VIA PRETORIA)

The first of two Boer War volumes derived from young Winston's newspaper despatches as a war correspondent, 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 an unusually handsome copy of the First English edition with bright cover art and a spine that is neither faded, darkened or worn. The corners are sharp and the binding is especially tight, with notably fresh black endpapers. There is foxing to the prelims and lower fore-edge only and an owner name in ink on the front free endpaper. The contents are fine, with all maps present, including the tissue guard at page 366. Very rarely seen thus.

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