London to Ladysmith via Pretoria.London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1900 Stock Code: 149936
First edition, first impression, the half-title inscribed "To Sir Redvers Buller from Winston S. Churchill. Nov. 1900". An astounding presentation inscription, to the general who led the relief of Ladysmith, and the central figure, aside from Churchill himself, in the book.
London to Ladysmith via Pretoria was Churchill's account of his experiences in the Second Boer War. Churchill, having escaped from a Boer prisoner of war camp, joined Buller's army for the lifting of the siege. Though Churchill was there to report on the fighting as a war correspondent, Buller awarded Churchill a commission with the South African Light Horse Regiment, and he therefore witnessed Buller's relief of the siege as both a soldier and a journalist. Buller's generalship is a core part of the narrative, with Churchill presenting Buller in a heroic light, as a masterly general widely respected by his troops.
Octavo. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in burgundy morocco, titles and decoration to spine gilt, rule to boards gilt, signature blocked to front board gilt, marbled endpapers, twin rule to turn-ins, gilt edges.
Illustrated with folding coloured map, 3 further maps and 4 plans.
Binding fine. Inscribed half-title sometime transposed over from a different copy, washed and slightly soiled and creased, the remainder of the book block generally clean and fresh, terminal advertisements with browning to bottom corner of last few leaves. Overall in excellent condition.
Cohen A4.1.a; Langworth pp. 51-4; Woods A4.
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