Malakand Field. Churchill Winston.
Malakand Field
Malakand Field
Malakand Field

Malakand Field

London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1898. First Edition. Original cloth. MALAKAND FIELD FORCE

The Story of the Malakand Field Force: An Episode of Frontier War Winston S. Churchill Published by Longmans, Green and Co., London (1898) Housed in a beautiful recent Cosway style clamshell box Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt within blind panel, front cover lettered in gilt on recessed panel, black endpapers. Half-tone portrait frontispiece with tissue-guard, 6 maps, of which 2 folding and in colour. With 32 pp. publisher's catalogue at rear (stated by Cohen to be of no significance for priority). First edition, first state without errata slip, home issue in the "apple green cloth" (Woods), which is particularly prone to fading and mottling. Minimal foxing throughout, typical fading of the spine and a very light resemblance of possibly a library label at some point. No inscriptions or marking to blanks or text. A wonderful copy with exceptionally light wear. Housed in a beautiful full red morocco clamshell box silk lined and extra gilt. Made to the same style as a Cosway Style Binding, with a miniature of Churchill in full uniform, a young cavalry officer still serving in India. The year 1897 saw Sir Bindon Blood lead a military siege on the North-West frontier and it is he to whom Malakand Field Force is dedicated. During this time, Churchill acted as a correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, recounting tales from the military campaign. On campaign s end, Bindon Blood was appointed the title of Major-General in command of the Meerut district, while Churchill returned to Bangalore, where he began work on what would be his first book. It took full days of writing, but Churchill was able to consolidate his field reports into book form, submitting the manuscript to his mother during the last days of 1897, to be published three months later. During this period, the author was still stationed in India, leaving the responsibility of publication to his Uncle. This first edition was riddled with errors ranging from event details to spelling, resulting in later editions being outfitted with errata slips. In addition to detailed accounts of military expeditions, this copy comes with it s own provenance, once belonging to Godfrey Charles Morgan (1830-1913). Morgan was the 2nd Baron Tredger and acted as a captain for the 17th Lancers. With less than 2,000 copies bound, first editions are a rare find. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1587004094610. Very good. Item #33

Price (USD): $8,850.00

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