My African Journey, Colonial issue of the first edition with a small archive of Churchill and Africa-related documents contemporary to publication
My African Journey, Colonial issue of the first edition with a small archive of Churchill and Africa-related documents contemporary to publication
My African Journey, Colonial issue of the first edition with a small archive of Churchill and Africa-related documents contemporary to publication
My African Journey, Colonial issue of the first edition with a small archive of Churchill and Africa-related documents contemporary to publication
My African Journey, Colonial issue of the first edition with a small archive of Churchill and Africa-related documents contemporary to publication
My African Journey, Colonial issue of the first edition with a small archive of Churchill and Africa-related documents contemporary to publication
My African Journey, Colonial issue of the first edition with a small archive of Churchill and Africa-related documents contemporary to publication
My African Journey, Colonial issue of the first edition with a small archive of Churchill and Africa-related documents contemporary to publication
My African Journey, Colonial issue of the first edition with a small archive of Churchill and Africa-related documents contemporary to publication

My African Journey, Colonial issue of the first edition with a small archive of Churchill and Africa-related documents contemporary to publication

London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1908. First edition, Colonial issue. Hardcover. This remarkably bright example of the scarce hardcover Colonial issue of the British first edition of My African Journey incorporates a small archive of Churchill and Africa-related documents contemporary to publication. The British 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. A scarce Colonial hardcover issue of the first edition “is distinguished only by the presence of an asterisk in gilt below the name of the publisher on the spine.” (Cohen A27.2, Vol I, p.158) Of 12,500 first edition copies, only an estimated 1,726 were such Colonial copies. My African Journey offers collectors the only Colonial issue of a work by Churchill written about Colonial possessions while Churchill was actually serving in the Colonial Office. Few seem to have survived the harsh climates and conditions of the British colonies. This one is in very good plus condition. The original red cloth binding ranks among the brightest Colonial issues we have seen. Shelf presentation is superlative for the edition, the red deep and bright, the gilt print vivid. We note some irregular loss of color, as if from fleeting moisture contact, at the upper spine amid the title and author gilt lettering, as well as at the bottom edge center of both covers. A shame, but the binding remains remarkable nonetheless. The contents are likewise improbably bright – particularly for a colonial issue. We find no spotting – almost unheard of for the edition. Even the page edges remain strikingly clean and bright. The sole previous ownership name is inked on the front free endpaper and dated “20/3/09” – three months after the 30 November publication. The contents are “marred” only by inclusion of a veritable mini-archive of contemporary English views of Africa tipped in at the prelims, final free endpaper, and rear pastedown. Tipped onto the final free endpaper verso is a 50-page illustrated, staple-bound pamphlet titled “South and East Africa”, written by Ian D. Colvin for the Union-Castle Mail Steamship Company, Limited. The pamphlet is undated, but a typed “19th January 1912” presentation letter on Union-Castle letterhead affixed to the facing rear pastedown definitively dates it to no later than early 1912. The pamphlet is a remarkably well-preserved period piece on Africa. Clearly the original owner had a compelling interest in Africa and in Churchill. Tipped onto the blank front endpapers and half title are a number of contemporary newspaper clippings, including: (1) A 25 December 1908 review of My African Journey, (2) an undated article covering a speech by Churchill as First Lord of the Admiralty (1911-1915), (3) a substantial, undated article about the “West Coast of Africa”, (4) an undated contemporary article about “The White Races Not Holding Their Own” in “A Black South Africa” and (5) an article titled “Africa and Mr. Churchill” about “Mr. Winston Churchill’s notional appointment to the Governor-Generalship of United South Africa”. Churchill's travelogue on Britain's possessions in East Africa was written while he was serving as Undersecretary of State for the Colonies. This book is notable, among other things, for being the only one of his many books to contain photographs apparently taken by the author. 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." By now a seasoned and financially shrewd author, Churchill arranged to profit doubly from the trip, first by serializing articles in 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. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A27.2, Woods/ICS A12(aa), Langworth p.82. Item #005079

Price: $1,800.00

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