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A Tale of the Revolution in Laurania.

Published: London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1900

Stock code: 93816

Price: £10,000

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First UK edition, second state with the title page a cancel without copyright details verso. Inscribed on the half-title; “from Winston S. Churchill, 16.2.28”. Churchill’s only novel, and his “first book, in the sense that it was well started before the Malakand Campaign got under way” (Woods, Artillery of Words, p.56). Summoned north by Sir Bindon Blood, Churchill declared the novel “indefinitely shelved”. A melodramatic tale of a liberal revolution in an autocratic Mediterranean state, “the novel is at once a political testament and a writing-out of a stage of personal development” (p.60).

Octavo, original green cloth, title gilt to the spine, and to the upper board with “signature” block, black surface-paper endpapers. A little rubbed rubbed, lightly restored on the joints and hinges, pale toning and a scatter of foxing, about very good

Bibliography: Cohen A3.2.b; Woods A3(b).

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