My Early Life & My African Journey. Winston S. Churchill.
My Early Life & My African Journey
My Early Life & My African Journey
My Early Life & My African Journey
My Early Life & My African Journey
My Early Life & My African Journey
My Early Life & My African Journey

My Early Life & My African Journey

London: Library of Imperial History, 1974. Hardcover. This volume from The Collected Works of Sir Winston Churchill is a “Subscribers’ Proof Copy” of the first volume, reproducing the full text of My Early Life (originally published 1930) and My African Journey (originally published 1908) My Early Life was photo-reproduced from the first edition and My African Journey was reset from the first edition. My Early Life is Churchill's extremely popular autobiography, covering the years from his birth in 1874 to his first few years in Parliament. An original 1930 review likened it to a "beaker of Champagne." That effervescent charm endures; a more recent writer called it "a racy, humorous, self-deprecating classic of autobiography.” These were momentous and formative years for Churchill, including his time as a war correspondent and cavalry officer in theatres as varied as Cuba, northwest India, and sub-Saharan and southern Africa. This time contained a wide range of experiences in Churchill’s life. Not only was he developing as an author, publishing his first books, and making his first lecture tour of North America, but this was also the time of his capture and daring escape during the Boer War, which made him a celebrity and helped launch his political career. My African Journey is Churchill's travelogue on Britain's possessions in East Africa, written while he was serving as Undersecretary of State for the Colonies. It is notable, among other things, for being the only one of his many books to contain photographs allegedly taken by the author. While this edition omits the original plates, it compensates by including 4 leaves of plates that were not in the first edition, including two photographs of Churchill not published elsewhere. Produced in limited numbers in 1974, The Collected Works were a lavish production. The volumes were bound in natural calfskin vellum with 22 ct. gold titling, the Churchill Arms in gilt on the front cover, gilt page edges, and marbled endpapers. Moreover, the contents were printed on special 500-year archival paper and each volume was accompanied by a dark green slipcase stamped with the Churchill Arms. This particular volume was produced as an original Publisher's Proof Copy. The half title bears an ink stamp stating: "SUBSCRIBERS PROOF COPY" issued to “A. Knight Esq.” who commissioned set “381”. The ffep bears a lengthy printed sheet stating that this volume "is issued to registered subscribers only as an uncorrected proof copy for examination" and "remains the property of the Library of Imperial History." The calfskin vellum was meant to tone and mellow with age. Here the vellum binding is square and tight with virtually no wear, but quite considerably toned. The contents are immaculate – crisp and bright and appearing unread. The original green leather slipcase is present and has admirably done its job protecting the contents and boards of its volume. The bad news is that it is worn, with a lower seam split and a variety of minor bumps, scuffs, and chips. Bibliographic reference: AA1.1. Item #005712

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