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The River War.

An Historical Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan... Edited by Col. F. Rhodes. Illustrated by Angus McNeill, Seaforth Highlanders.

Published: London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1899

Stock code: 98880

Price: £3,250

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First edition, first impression, second state, of Churchill’s second book, preceded only by The Story of the Malakand Field Force (1898). 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”.

2 volumes, octavo. Original dark blue cloth, gilt titles and pictorial decoration to spines and front covers, black-coated endpapers; housed in a grey cloth slip-case. Portrait frontispiece in each volume, 4 plates and 11 folding maps in volume 1, 2 plates, 9 folding maps and three non-folding maps in volume 2, numerous illustrations, maps and plans in the text. Library label of Van Bergen on front pastedowns. A little wear to extremities of bindings. A very good set.

Bibliography: Cohen A2.1.b.

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