London to Ladysmith via Pretoria.
First edition, first impression. “The volume essentially consists of 27 letters and telegrams to the Morning Post written between 26 October 1899 and 10 March 1900 … It is, as Churchill said in his Introductory Note, ‘mainly a personal record of my adventures and impressions during the first five months of the African War. It may also be found to give a tolerably coherent account of the operations conducted by Sir Redvers Buller for the Relief of Ladysmith'”(Cohen).
Octavo, original tan cloth, flag-staff in gilt, and titles to spine in red and gilt to the spine, black line illustration of the armoured train, and title in red and black to the upper board, black surface-paper endpapers. Housed in a tan cloth chemise and slip-case. Coloured folding map frontispiece, 3 further folding maps and 4 plans, one of them full-page. A little rubbed and soiled on the boards, the spine perhaps a touch sunned, contemporary ownership inscription to verso of the front free endpaper, half-title browned and foxed as usual, some foxing to the fore-edge with mild encroachment to the margins in places, accidental pen mark to one page, but overall a very good copy, the hinges remaining tight
Bibliography: Cohen A4.1.aDon't understand our descriptions? Try reading our Glossary