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My African Journey.

With Sixty-One Illustrations from Photographs by the Author and Lieutenant-Colonel Gordon Wilson, and Three Maps.

Published: London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1908

Stock code: 110464

Price: £1,500

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First edition, first impression. My African Journey was the first book to derive purely from Churchill’s journalism, as distinct from his work as a war correspondent. Before embarking he signed an extremely lucrative contract for the publication of a series of articles in The Strand, and for further publication in book form. What Churchill was offered is impressive testimony to his perceived drawing power, at £750 for five contributions he was receiving “more than Kipling, whom The Strand were paying £90 for his short stories; more than W. W. Jacobs, whose rate at the time was £110 for a story” (Pound, The Strand Magazine, 1891-1950). “The result bubbles with Churchill’s irrepressible interest in everything new, whether it was the thrill of hunting rhino, the dangers of sleeping sickness, or the engagingly extempore justice of the District Officers” (Woods, Artillery of Words: The Writings of Sir Winston Churchill, 1992, p. 81).

Octavo. Original red cloth, gilt lettered spine, titles and pictorial decoration to front board in black, blue, and grey. Publisher’s 16 catalogue at end. Photographic frontispiece, 48 photographic plates, and 3 maps (one folding). Spine lightly sunned, slight abrasion to fore edge of front cover, a touch of foxing to lower margins, a few leaves creased at fore margin but nevertheless a very good copy.

Bibliography: Cohen A27; Czech, African Big Game Hunting, p.37; Woods A12.

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