Connecticut: Easton Press, Norwalk, 2006. Full leather. This is a beautiful, Easton Press leather bound edition of Churchill's first published book, written while he was a young cavalry officer and war correspondent fighting and writing on the northwest frontier of British colonial India.
Easton Press publications are regarded for their production values. Standard features include full leather binding with raised spine bands, extensive gilt lettering and decoration, all edges gilt, satin ribbon page markers, archival paper, sewn pages, and moire fabric endsheets. The binding is in dark green with elaborate gilt decoration. Condition is as-new. The book appears unread. Both the binding and contents are pristine. Laid in are the publisher's "Collector's Notes" leaflet about the author and the work.
When he joined Sir Bindon Blood's punitive expedition on the Northwest Frontier of India in 1897, Winston Churchill was a young cavalry officer still serving in India. While he had successfully applied his pen as a war correspondent - indeed the book is based on his dispatches to the Daily Telegraph and the Pioneer Mail - this was his first book-length work.
The young Churchill was motivated by a combination of pique and ambition. He was vexed that his Daily Telegraph columns were to be published unsigned. On 25 October 1897 Churchill wrote to his mother: "...I had written them with the design... of bringing my personality before the electorate." Two weeks later, his resolve to write a book firming, Churchill again wrote to his mother: "...It is a great undertaking but if carried out will yield substantial results in every way, financially, politically, and even, though do I care a damn, militarily." Having invested his ambition in this first book, he clearly labored over it: "I have discovered a great power of application which I did not think I possessed. For two months I have worked not less than five hours a day." The finished manuscript was sent to his mother on the last day of 1897 and published on 14 March of 1898. Item #006656