The Story of the Malakand Field Force
An Episode of Frontier War ... With maps, plans, etc.
First edition, home issue, only printing, second state of Churchill’s first book, this copy with the errata slip at p.1, catalogue dated 3/98. 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. As Churchill was still in India when the book was published, the final editing was undertaken by his uncle Moreton Frewen, husband of Clara Jerome, Jennie’s elder sister, resulting in numerous small errors which were corrected the following year in the Silver Library edition.
Octavo, original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, upper cover with panel in blind lettered gilt, black endpapers. Frontispiece portrait and 6 maps, 4 of them folding and coloured, 4 full-page. Very slghtly soiled, head and tail of the spine a little crumpled, corners a touch bumped, front hinge just exposed after the free endpaper, some light browning, contemporary ownership inscription to the front free endpaper, inked ownership stamp to the verso of the frontispiece, a very good copy.
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