My African Journey. Winston S. Churchill.
My African Journey
My African Journey
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 a compellingly clean copy of 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. We conservatively grade this copy as very good plus; it is notably clean (within and without), complete, and unrestored. The red cloth binding is clean and tight with sharp corners. We note only the slightest shelf wear to extremities and minor scuffs to the upper right of the front cover, and mild forward lean. Shelf presentation is quite good for the edition, the spine lightly sunned, but evenly so and showing no appreciable soiling, the gilt bright and clearly legible. The contents are likewise quite unusually clean for the edition, bright with a crisp, unread feel. We find no previous ownership marks. Spotting is quite mild for the edition, mostly confined to the page edges with just a few minor instances within to the preliminaries and advertisements. Both front free endpapers show transfer browning from the facing pastedowns, a chemical byproduct of the pastedown glue. The 61 photographs of this edition were tipped in rather than bound, so copies should always be carefully checked to ensure the presence of all illustrations and maps. All illustrations and maps are present here, as is the tissue cover at the frontispiece. 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. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A27.1, Woods/ICS A12(aa), Langworth p.81. Item #005923

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