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CHURCHILL, Winston S.

My African Journey....

With sixty-one illustrations from photographs by the author and Lieutenant-Colonel Gordon Wilson, and three maps.

Availability: In stock

Published: London Hodder and Stoughton, 1908

Stock Code: 132378

£4,500
signed
OR On display in Exhibit

Notes

First edition, first impression, signed by the author. Churchill has signed on the first binder's blank, apparently after binding, and presumably at the behest of Henry Sotheran, the London booksellers who commissioned the binding from Morrell. My African Journey, based on his travels around British East Africa in the autumn of 1907, was the first book to derive purely from Churchill's journalism, as distinct from his work as a war correspondent. The work was initially serialized in the Strand Magazine prior to publication in the present book-form; Churchill's contract was highly lucrative, reflecting the celebrity status of the author, a rising star in British politics. The account is highly readable, and " bubbles with Churchill's irrepressible interest in everything new, whether it was the thrill of hunting rhino, the dangers of sleeping sickness, or the engagingly extempore justice of the District Officers" (Woods, Artillery of Words: The Writings of Sir Winston Churchill, 1992, p. 81).

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Description

Octavo (184 x 123 mm). Bound by Morrell for Henry Sotheran in mid-20th-century red half morocco, spine lettered in gilt, red cloth sides, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt.

Illustrations

Photographic frontispiece, 46 photographic plates, and 3 maps.

Condition

Sporadic faint foxing. A near-fine copy.

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