My African Journey. Winston S. Churchill.
My African Journey
My African Journey
My African Journey
My African Journey
My African Journey

My African Journey

London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1908. First edition, only printing. Hardcover. This is the British first edition, only printing of My African Journey, Churchill's travelogue on Britain's possessions in East Africa, written while he was serving as Undersecretary of State for the Colonies. The first edition is striking, with a vivid red binding and a prominent front cover bearing a woodcut illustration in blue, grey, and black of Churchill with his bagged white rhinoceros. This book is notable, among other things, for being the only one of his many books to contain photographs apparently taken by the author. The red cloth spine proved exceptionally vulnerable to sunning and the lovely books seem to have attracted handling, making wear and soiling the norm. Spotting is also endemic. Bright and clean copies are scarce. This copy is very good – sound, complete, and unrestored. The red cloth binding remains square and tight, the covers bright. Shelf presentation is quite respectable, the red cloth only moderately and evenly toned, the gilt only a little dulled, a faint stain just below the author’s name relatively unobtrusive. Light wear to the binding is primarily confined to the spine ends and corners and overall soiling is minor. The binding is protected beneath a removable, clear mylar cover. The contents are quite clean for the edition, bright with a crisp, unread feel. All illustrations and maps are present here, as is the tissue cover at the frontispiece. Spotting is quite light for the edition, intermittent but never significant. A lovely inked gift inscription on the front free endpaper recto is dated “xmas 1908” – within a month of publication. The only other ownership mark is a name in pencil above the original gift inscription. The fore and bottom edges are clean apart from light spotting and toning, the top edge a little dusty. In the summer of 1907 Churchill left England for five months, making his way after working stops in southern Europe to Africa for "a tour of the east African domains." In early November, Churchill would kill a rhinoceros, the basis of the striking illustration on the front cover of the British first edition of his eventual book. By now a seasoned and financially shrewd author, Churchill arranged to profit doubly from the trip, first by serializing articles in The Strand Magazine and then by publishing a book based substantially upon them. In November 1908 Hodder and Stoughton published My African Journey as a book, which was a substantial 10,000 words longer than the serialized articles. Reference: Cohen A27.1, Woods/ICS A12(aa), Langworth p.81. Item #006040

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