The Story of the Malakand Field Force
An Episode of Frontier War ... With maps, plans, etc.
First edition, home issue, only printing, first state, of Churchill’s first book, this copy without the errata slip at p. 1, catalogue dated 12/97. Relates his exploits with the Malakand Field Force, led by Sir Bindon Blood, on the Northwest Frontier of India in 1897. Based on Churchill’s despatches to the Daily Telegraph and the Pioneer Mail, and, as Churchill was still in India, the final editing was undertaken by Moreton Frewen, Churchill’s uncle, husband of Clara Jerome, Jennie’s elder sister, resulting in numerous small errors which were corrected the following year in the Silver Library edition. Churchill had a clear purpose in writing these pieces, as he wrote to his mother, “I had written them with a design, a design which took form as the correspondence advanced, of bringing my personality before the electorate. I had hoped that some political advantage might have accrued … I do not think that I have ever written anything better”.
Octavo (183 116 mm). Mid twentieth-century red half morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, spine gilt in compartments, red cloth sides, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Frontispiece portrait and 6 maps, 4 of them folding and coloured, 4 full-page. Spine slightly faded, occasional minor spots to contents. A handsome copy.
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