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The River War

Winston S. Churchill

Verlag: Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, 1940
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This is the wartime reprint of The River War, bearing the scarce original dust jacket. Churchill's second book, originally published in 1899, recounts his experiences and reflections concerning British involvement in the Sudan. The text is arresting, insightful, powerfully descriptive, and of enduring relevance. In 1883 the forces of messianic Islamic leader Mohammed Ahmed overwhelmed the Egyptian army of British commander William Hicks. Britain ordered withdrawal from the Sudan. In 1885, General Gordon famously lost his life in a doomed defense of the capitol, Khartoum, where he had been sent to lead an evacuation. In 1898, General Kitchener reoccupied the Sudan. With Kitchener was a very young Winston Churchill, who participated in the battle of Omdurman in September 1898, where the Mahdist forces were decisively defeated. In this book about the British campaign in the Sudan, Churchill - a young officer in a colonial British army - is unusually sympathetic to the Mahdist forces and critical of Imperial cynicism and cruelty. This work offers us the candid perspective of the future great man of the 20th century from the distinctly 19th century battlefields where Churchill learned to write and earned his early fame. Here is a chief architect of the Second World War involved in what has been called the last major cavalry charge of the British army. In 1933, a so-called "Second Cheap Edition" was made from plates of the 1902 edition with a bibliographically significant new introduction by the author explaining that "A generation has grown up which knows little of why we are in Egypt and the Sudan." There were ultimately five printings of this edition. All are now highly sought in collector-worthy condition, particularly when accompanied by the original dust jackets. Most scarce is the dust jacket for this 1940 printing - the only wartime printing and featuring a dust jacket unique to this printing. Survival rate for these jackets is quite low, likely owing to the thin, white paper on which they were printed. It is not only the dust jackets that proved fragile. The books beneath were bound in a coarse, dark lilac cloth that proved highly susceptible to soiling, fading, and wear and the contents to spotting and toning. Here is a very good copy in a good dust jacket. The cloth binding retains unfaded color, with none of the toning typical for unjacketed copies. Light wear is confined to spine ends and corners. The contents show only a single previous owner mark - an Edinburgh address and telephone number embossed on the upper front free endpaper. Spotting is primarily confined to the page edges and prelims. The dust jacket is unclipped. Shallow losses along the top edge, as well as .75 and .5 deep losses at the top edge of the front face and a smaller loss at the lower front corner, have been patched in an amateur but serviceable fashion on the jacket verso, giving the appearance of a complete jacket. We would price this copy considerably higher were it not for these reasonably unobtrusive "repairs". The jacket shows moderate overall soiling and staining, heavier to the spine, and is protected with a removable, archival quality clear cover. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A2.4.c, Woods/ICS A2(da.3), Langworth p.33. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 003793

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Titel: The River War

Verlag: Eyre & Spottiswoode, London

Erscheinungsdatum: 1940

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included


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