A Tale of the Revolution in Laurania.London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1900 Stock Code: 145886
First UK edition in book form, first impression, first state (with uncancelled title page), 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 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 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.
"Whether they deem it a key indication of Churchill's innermost philosophy and political morality or just a yarn, Savrola continues to exert a grip on devotees of the canon" (Langworth).
Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, title and facsimile signature gilt to front cover within blind frame, black endpapers.
Light peripheral rubbing, rear hinge repaired, some light foxing; a very good copy.
Cohen A3.2.a; Langworth pp. 41-3; Woods A3(b).
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