CHURCHILL, Winston S. Savrola. A Tale of the Revolution in Laurania. 1900. - Peter Harrington Blog

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CHURCHILL, Winston S. Savrola. A Tale of the Revolution in Laurania. 1900.

Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, title and facsimile signature gilt to front board within blind frame, black coated endpapers. First UK edition in book form (printed from the American plates), first impression, first state, of Churchill’s only novel, his third published book, but the first he undertook to write, and the second he completed. Churchill’s melodramatic tale of a liberal revolution in an autocratic Mediterranean state was originally serialised in Macmillan’s Magazine between May and December 1899. It was first published in book form in New York on 1 February 1900, possibly as US law required a foreign-authored book to be manufactured in America to ensure copyright protection. The UK edition appeared on 13 February, with 1,500 copies were printed, including 650 sets of sheets transferred from the Colonial Library issue, which were consequently given a cancel title with the verso blank; copies in first state retain the copyright notice “Copyright, 1899, by Longmans, Green, and Co.” on the title verso.

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