Frontiers and Wars. Winston S. Churchill.
Frontiers and Wars
Frontiers and Wars
Frontiers and Wars
Frontiers and Wars
Frontiers and Wars
Frontiers and Wars

Frontiers and Wars

London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1962. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Published in 1962, this is a single volume abridgement of Churchill's first four war books - The Story of the Malakand Field Force, The River War, London to Ladysmith, and Ian Hamilton's March - covering his early career as soldier and war correspondent. This is a large hardcover, measuring 9.5 x 6.25 inches, 568 pages, illustrated with photos and maps. Unfortunately, this handsome edition proved fragile, with the gray-blue binding easily sunned and the lovely illustrated white dust jacket quite prone to soiling and tears. Here is a clean copy for collectors, very good plus in a just good dust jacket. The cloth binding is clean, tight, and unfaded, with only minor shelf wear to extremities. The contents remain bright and the red-stained top edge is only modestly sunned. The sole previous ownership mark is an inked last name on the front free endpaper recto. Trivial spotting appears confined to the otherwise clean fore and bottom edges. The dust jacket is reasonably bright and substantially complete with respectable shelf presentation, but nonetheless significantly worn, with closed tears to the upper rear hinge and upper rear flap fold, moderate losses to the lower rear hinge and upper lower edges of the front cover, creased flaps, and minor staining to the bottom of the front face. The dust jacket is protected with a removable, clear, archival cover. Of Churchill’s first four books, the publisher states, "they have now been edited into this single volume, and while they have necessarily been abridged, they show in full measure the splendid march of the narratives and the force of the author's style." The title of the work is derived from Churchill's compelling narrative in the first Chapter of The Story of the Malakand Field Force: "The tale that I have to tell is one of frontier war..." Who performed the abridgment is not known. Though the book was published in Churchill's lifetime, it contains no new material, and Churchill was not involved in the preparation. Nonetheless, Richard Langworth rightly calls this book "the ideal introduction to Churchill the Victorian war historian." Langworth's appraisal accords with that of the publisher: "Throughout this volume there is that combination of sharp, personally observed detail with broad historical scope which is the author's hallmark. Reading it one feels with vivid clarity what it was like to be young and adventurous in those days. It is the portrait of a vanished age, as well as an account of some of Sir Winston Churchill's most exciting years told with his own incomparable vigour and zest." Reference: Cohen A274.1.a, Woods/ICS A142/1(a.1), Langworth p.340. Item #005962

Price: $90.00

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