The River War.
An Historical Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan. Edited by Col. F. Rhodes. Illustrated by Angus McNeill, Seaforth Highlanders.
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)Don't understand our descriptions? Try reading our Glossary