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My African Journey

Winston S. Churchill

Verlag: Hodder and Stoughton; George H. Doran Company, London & New York, 1908
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This is the U.S. first edition, more humble in appearance than its British counterpart, but also far more scarce. My African Journey is Churchill's travelogue on Britain's possessions in East Africa, 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 ostensibly 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." 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. Here is the first U.S. edition, only printing, second state. The first U.S. edition is far more scarce than the British first edition, with only 1400 copies sold (encompassing all three states), in contrast to more than 8000 copies of the more frequently seen British edition. The U.S. first edition was made from British first edition sheets bound in a plain coarse dark red cloth with the same gilt titles on the spine as used on the British. The binding was unfortunately plain and ugly compared to that of the British first edition. The cloth proved highly susceptible to fading and mottling of the color; nearly all remaining copies show spine sunning. Moreover, a substantial portion of copies we encounter are ex-library with attendant markings and scars. This copy is not ex-library and is very good for the edition. The binding remains square and tight, with bumped lower corners, customary spine fading, and some scuffing and soiling to the rear cover. Nonetheless, the spine gilt remains bright and legible and overall external appearance is better than most copies we encounter. The contents are also better than most copies we see. All photographic plates and maps are present and intact. We find no previous ownership marks and very light spotting is primarily confined to the prelims. There were three states of the U.S. first edition, each distinguished only by minor differences on the title page. This is the presumed second state. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A27.5, Woods/ICS A12(ab), Langworth p.83. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 003462

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Bibliografische Details

Titel: My African Journey

Verlag: Hodder and Stoughton; George H. Doran Company, London & New York

Erscheinungsdatum: 1908

Einband: Hardcover

Auflage: First U.S. edition, only printing.


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