The River War.Longmans, Green and Co., London , 1899 Stock Code: 125178
NotesFirst edition, first impression, of Churchill's second book, preceded only by The Story of the Malakand Field Force (1898), "2000 copies published on 6 November 1899" (Woods). It includes, of course, his account of the charge of the 21st Lancers, to whom he was attached, at Omdurman on 2 September 1898, described by the Dictionary of National Biography as "that last cavalry charge of the dying century". DNB also considers The River War a "superb" history; whilst Churchill himself more graphically called it "a tale of blood and war".
2 volumes, octavo. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in burgundy morocco, titles and decoration to spines, raised bands, single rule to boards, signature blocked to front boards, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Housed in a matching leather entry slipcase by the Chelsea Bindery.
With 25 illustrations, 16 maps and plans in Volume I and 33 illustrations 18 maps and plans in Volume II by Angus McNeil, Seaforth Highlanders.
A fine copy.
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