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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: 106124

Price: £4,500

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First edition, first impression, second state (with minor typographic error corrected on p. 459 of volume II: originally the second inverted comma was missing after THE ‘LONDON GAZETTE’). 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 (219 x 140 mm). Late 20th century red full morocco by Bayntun-Riviere, gilt panelled and decorative spines, two-line gilt border on sides enclosing facsimile of Churchill’s signature in gilt, decorative gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, with the original cloth covers and spine bound-in. Housed in a fleece-lined burgundy cloth slipcase. 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. A handsomely bound copy.

Bibliography: Cohen A2.1.b.

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