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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, New York and Bombay: Longmans, Green & Co., 1899

Stock code: 100913

Price: £5,000

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First edition, first impression, first or second state – Cohen is ambiguous about the status of the point, a minor typographic error (second inverted comma missing after THE ‘LONDON GAZETTE[‘]) corrected on p. 459 of volume II – of Churchill’s second book, preceded only by The Story of the Malakand Field Force (1898), “2000 copies published on 6 November 1899” (Woods). 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, titles and pictorial decoration gilt to spines and front boards, black-coated endpapers. Both volumes separately housed in a navy full morocco book-form folding case, within a blue quarter morocco pull-off case with blue cloth sides and titles gilt to spine. Portrait frontispiece in each volume. 4 illustrated plates and 11 folding maps in volume 1, 2 illustrated plates and 9 folding maps and three non-folding maps in volume 2, and numerous illustrations, maps and plans in the text. Contemporary ownership inscription to half-titles. Very light bumping to extremities, both volumes very slightly rubbed and vol. I rear board gently bowed; vol. I with small crease to bottom corner of front free endpaper and half-title with two minute wormholes and negligible foxing. An excellent copy.

Bibliography: Cohen A2.1.a or b: Woods A2(a)

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