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Churchill. Winston Spencer. The Story of the Malakand Field Force. An Episode of Frontier War.. Longmans, Green & Co, London, 1899.

Price: US$229.43 + shipping

Condition: Very Good

Description: original red cloth hardcover with spine lettered and decorated in gilt,all maps and illustrations present and correct as called for,337 pages,small name label to front flyleaf,pages a little tanned,spine a little faded,small tear without loss to top of outer hinge,otherwise a very good clean and complete copy. H. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall

Seller: Carmarthenshire Rare Books, Carmarthen, United Kingdom

Winston S. Churchill. The Story of the Malakand Field Force: An Episode of Frontier War. Longmans, Green, & Co., London, 1899.

Price: US$300.00 + shipping

Description: This is the first printing of the Silver Library edition of Churchill's first book. The Story of the Malakand Field Force recounts Churchill's experiences while attached to Sir Bindon Blood's punitive expedition on the Northwest Frontier of India in 1897. When this book was first published in 1898, Churchill was a young cavalry officer and war correspondent. While he had successfully applied his pen as a journalist, this was Churchill's first book-length work and he clearly labored over it: "I have discovered a great power of application which I did not think I possessed. For two months I have worked not less than five hours a day." The young Churchill was motivated by a combination of pique and ambition. He was vexed that his Daily Telegraph columns were to be published unsigned. On 25 October 1897 Churchill wrote to his mother: "I had written them with the design of bringing my personality before the electorate." Two weeks later, his resolve to write the book firming, Churchill again wrote to his mother of the project: "It is a great undertaking but if carried out will yield substantial results in every way, financially, politically, and even, though do I care a damn, militarily." Publication of the first edition of 1898 was arranged by Churchill's uncle while the author was still in India, resulting in numerous spelling and detail errors. Churchill was incensed by the errors and acted with haste to address them. Hence later states of the first edition bear errata slips. In part because of the errors in the first edition which so vexed Churchill, the publisher also issued a second edition less than a year after the first in January 1899. This Silver Library edition was the first to incorporate the author's corrections in the text, making this an important and highly collectable edition. Unfortunately, the maroon boards proved highly susceptible to fading and wear, the paper easily browned and became brittle, and the binding often cracked. Here is the first Silver Library edition, first printing - one of just 1,440 copies. This is good plus copy whose chief flaws are modest wear and typical spine toning. The maroon cloth binding is square and tight, with light wear to extremities, wrinkling to the spine ends, and a tiny hole and associated scuff at the spine center. The spine is sunned, with some lighter fading extending to the front and rear covers adjacent to the spine. Nonetheless, the spine gilt remains bright and clearly legible. All maps are intact, as are the frontispiece and original tissue guard and the original, distinctive swan and ship endpapers. The contents show typical age-toning and moderate spotting. A single previous ownership mark dated "1946" is inked on the recto of the blank page preceding the half title. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A1.3.a, Woods/ICS A1(ba.1), Langworth p.20.

Seller: Churchill Book Collector ABAA/ILAB/IOBA, San Diego, CA, U.S.A.

Churchill, Winston Spencer.. The Story of the Malakand Field Force. An Episode of Frontier War.. Longmans Green & Co The Silver Library Second Edition, 1899.

Price: US$360.53 + shipping

Description: Small octavo; xvi,[2],337p. Original burgundy cloth, the spine very slightly sunned, small blemish lower corner rear board, pages sl toned as often with this edition, but overall this is a VG copy. All plates present. Churchill's first book, published in 1898. 1500 copies of this Silver Library printing, the second edition, were produced in January 1899. [Woods A19b.]

Seller: Neil Summersgill Ltd ABA,PBFA,ILAB., Blackburn, United Kingdom

CHURCHILL, Winston Spencer. Story of the Malakand Field Force : An Episode of Frontier War. Longmans, Green, and Co, London, New York and Bombay, 1899,, 1899.

Price: US$386.59 + shipping

Description: CHURCHILL, Winston Spencer, Lieutenant, 4th Queen's Own Hussars. The Story of the Malakand Field Force : An Episode of Frontier War. With Maps, Plans, etc. New Edition. London, New York and Bombay : Longmans, Green, and Co., 39 Paternoster Row, 1899. Pp (6),[vii]-xvi,(2),1-337,(1),[1]-32 (publisher's catalogue dated 9/98),(2),+ frontis.portrait (Major-General Sir Bindon Blood) + 6 maps/plans (2 folding & coloured). 8vo, maroon cloth, single-rule gilt border to front board, gilt lettering and design to spine. The Silver Library edition, so indicated at bottom spine. This is the first revised edition of the author's first book, produced to correct the many errors in the original edition. Top half of rear board badly stained and worn, a few spots to front board, small pink stains to margins of first few leaves, else internally very good and solid. 500.00

Seller: John W. Doull, Bookseller (A.B.A.C.), Dartmouth, NS, Canada

Winston S. Churchill. The Story of the Malakand Field Force: An Episode of Frontier War. Longmans, Green, & Co., London, 1899.

Price: US$750.00 + shipping

Description: This is the first printing of the Silver Library edition of Churchill's first book. The Story of the Malakand Field Force was based on Churchill's exploits with Sir Bindon Blood's expedition on the Northwest Frontier of India in 1897. While Churchill had previously applied his pen as a published correspondent, this was his first book-length work and he clearly labored over it: "I have discovered a great power of application which I did not think I possessed. For two months I have worked not less than five hours a day." Publication of the first edition of 1898 was arranged by Churchill's uncle while the author was still in India, resulting in numerous spelling and detail errors. Churchill was incensed by the errors and acted with haste to address them. Hence later states of the first edition bear errata slips. In part because of the errors in the first edition which so vexed Churchill, the publisher also issued a second edition less than a year after the first in January 1899. This Silver Library edition was the first to incorporate the author's corrections in the text, making this an important and highly collectable edition. Unfortunately, the maroon boards proved highly susceptible to fading and wear, the paper easily browned and became brittle, and the binding often cracked. Here is the first Silver Library edition, first printing - one of just 1,440 copies. This is a very good copy, suitable for collectors. The maroon binding is square and tight with good shelf presentation. The spine retains strong color, having been spared the usual sunning. We note light overall wear to spine ends, corners, and hinges. The contents remain bright and clean for the edition, with age-toning substantially limited to the perimeter of the pages. We find no spotting. All maps are intact, as are the frontispiece and original tissue guard and the original, distinctive swan and ship endpapers. A single previous owner name and date of "Dec 4th. / 01" is inked on the front free endpaper. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A1.3.a, Woods/ICS A1(ba.1), Langworth p.20.

Seller: Churchill Book Collector ABAA/ILAB/IOBA, San Diego, CA, U.S.A.

Winston S. Churchill. The Story of the Malakand Field Force: An Episode of Frontier War. Longmans, Green, & Co., London, 1899.

Price: US$760.00 + shipping

Description: This is the first printing of the Silver Library edition of Churchill's first book. The Story of the Malakand Field Force recounts Churchill's experiences while attached to Sir Bindon Blood's punitive expedition on the Northwest Frontier of India in 1897. Publication of the first edition of 1898 was arranged by Churchill's uncle while the author was still in India, resulting in numerous spelling and detail errors. Churchill was incensed by the errors and acted with haste to address them. Hence later states of the first edition bear errata slips. In part because of the errors in the first edition which so vexed Churchill, the publisher also issued a second edition less than a year after the first in January 1899. This Silver Library edition was the first to incorporate the author's corrections in the text, making this an important and highly collectable edition. Unfortunately, the maroon boards proved highly susceptible to fading and wear, the paper easily browned and became brittle, and the binding often cracked. This first Silver Library edition, first printing - one of just 1,440 copies – is in very good condition. Shelf presentation is superior for the edition; the spine retains particularly strong color and bright gilt with almost no discernible color shift between the covers and spine – a rarity. The binding is square and tight, showing modest overall mottling of the color and light wear to extremities. The contents remain comparatively bright for the edition, the age-toning light for the edition. The distinctive swan and ship endpapers are intact, as are the frontispiece, tissue guard, and maps. Spotting is light within, primarily confined to the prelims and page edges. The sole previous ownership mark is an inked owner name dated "1899." on the front free endpaper verso. When this book was written and published, Churchill was a young cavalry officer still serving in India. While he had successfully applied his pen as a war correspondent - indeed the book is based on his dispatches to the Daily Telegraph and the Pioneer Mail - this was his first book-length work. The young Churchill was motivated by a combination of pique and ambition. He was vexed that his Daily Telegraph columns were to be published unsigned. On 25 October 1897 Churchill wrote to his mother: ".I had written them with the design. of bringing my personality before the electorate." Two weeks later, his resolve to write a book firming, Churchill again wrote to his mother: ".It is a great undertaking but if carried out will yield substantial results in every way, financially, politically, and even, though do I care a damn, militarily." Having invested his ambition in this first book, he clearly labored over it: "I have discovered a great power of application which I did not think I possessed. For two months I have worked not less than five hours a day." The finished manuscript was sent to his mother on the last day of 1897 and published on 14 March of 1898. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A1.3.a, Woods/ICS A1(ba.1), Langworth p.20.

Seller: Churchill Book Collector ABAA/ILAB/IOBA, San Diego, CA, U.S.A.

Churchill, Winston. The Story of the Malakand Field Force: An Episode of Frontier War. Longman's, Green, and Co., London, New York and Bombay, 1899.

Price: US$1850.00 + shipping

Condition: Good

Description: A beautiful, rare, Wellington College (full leather) binding of the Silver Library New Edition. Marbled end papers and text block edges, seamless floral gilt borders and gilt floral designs at spine, Wellington College coat of arms with "Virtutis Fortuna Comes" (Fortune is the Companion of Valour), and "Heroum Filii" (Sons of Heroes) in gilt on cover, light foxing at page spreads following end papers; expected age toning to pages. Expertly rebound/restored by the Lehmann Bindery.

Seller: Maxwell's House of Books, La Mesa, CA, U.S.A.

CHURCHILL, Winston S.. The River War. An Historical Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan. Edited by Col. F. Rhodes. Illustrated by Angus McNeill, Seaforth Highlanders.. London, New York and Bombay: Longmans, Green & Co, 1899, 1899.

Price: US$4916.27 + shipping

Description: 2 volumes, octavo (222 x 150 mm). Contemporary purple quarter calf, spines in compartments with gilt titles direct and blind tooling, marbled paper sides, all edges red, marbled endpapers. Leaf listing illustrations in Volume 2 loose, one small tape repair to bottom margin of p. 146 in Volume I, maps reinforced at folds, light spotting throughout. A very good set. Portrait frontispiece in each volume, 4 illustrated plates and 11 folding maps in volume 1, 2 illustrated plates and 9 folding maps and three non-folding maps in volume 2, and numerous illustrations, maps and plans in the text. First edition, first impression, second state with minor typographic error (second inverted comma missing after THE 'LONDON GAZETTE[']) corrected on p. 459 of volume II. The River War was Churchill's second book, preceded only by The Story of the Malakand Field Force (1898), "2,000 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". Cohen A2.1.b: Woods A2(a).

Seller: Peter Harrington. ABA member, London, United Kingdom

Winston Churchill. The River War. London: Longmans, Green, 1899.

Price: US$6000.00 + shipping

Condition: Fine

Description: Superb two-volume First Edition set of the great statesman’s second book, his historical account of the reconquest of the Sudan, based upon his own extensive experience as a British Army officer during the Mahdist War.  The book provides in highly informative and enthralling detail a history of British involvement in the Sudan and the conflict between the British forces led by Lord Kitchener and the Dervish forces commanded by Khalifa Abdallahi ibn Muhammad, heir to the self-proclaimed Mahdi Muhammad Ahmad whose goal was the conquering of Egypt and the expulsion of all the non-Muslim infidels. The River War was Churchill’s second published book after The Story of the Malakand Field Force.  This stunning set is truly a collector’s gem.  Beautifully bound in full scarlet oasis morocco leather by the famed Bayntun of Bath, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, raised bands with six compartments and gilt titles. Aesthetically this production is lavish, each of the two large volumes printed on heavy paper with a profusion of illustrations, maps, and plans. Second, from a collector’s standpoint it is scarce; the publisher released only 2,646 copies of this beautiful edition, and this number includes both second and third printings. Third, bibliographically it is notable that this first edition is the only unabridged edition printed to this day. A true, stunning, highly sought after literary collectible, and priced accordingly.

Seller: Mystery Pier Books, Inc.,ABAA, ILAB, ABA, West Hollywood, CA, U.S.A.