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This remarkable first edition, final printing set of Churchill's second book, The River War, is the sole jacketed set known to survive. It is also signed and dated by a then 25-year-old Churchill on 25 August 1900, while he was campaigning for his first seat in Parliament. This is the earliest known work by Churchill for which first edition dust jackets survive and among the rarest prizes in the Churchill canon. Provenance is the collection of Churchill’s bibliographer, Ronald I. Cohen, who has owned the set for nearly three decades. The dust jackets are thin, manila stock printed in black, exactly duplicating the binding print and illustrations. The jacket flaps and rear faces are blank. All first edition bindings are identical and only seven months separate the first and third printings, so it is probable to the point of near certainty that the dust jackets for all three printings were identical. The author's signature in black ink in two lines on the Volume I front free endpaper verso (facing the half-title recto) reads "Winston S. Churchill | 25. August. 1900." On 12 August 1900, Churchill wrote to his mother, Lady Randolph Churchill: "I must concentrate all of my efforts upon Oldham" and this is where he was campaigning the day this set of The River War was signed. He won his first seat in Parliament 37 days later, on 1 October 1900. This first edition, third printing is not only by far the scarcest issue of the first edition, but also the last unabridged issue to this day. All three first edition printings (2,646 sets total) are virtually identical, issued respectively in November 1899, February 1900, and June 1900. Only 140 copies of this third and final printing were ever made available. In 1902 Churchill (by then more mindful of political exigencies) revised and abridged his text, excising much criticism of Kitchener. All of the many subsequent editions are based on the 1902 abridged text. Being both jacketed and inscribed, this set defies the mundanities of a condition report. Nonetheless, we grade this set as near fine plus in good dust jackets. Both jackets are substantially complete, with all illustrations and printed text intact, but nonetheless with perimeter losses, overall wrinkling and wear, and minor soiling. The Volume I jacket shows loss at front hinge extremities to a maximum depth of .75 inch, lesser chipping to the edges, vertical creasing with tiny losses at the front hinge, a 1.5 inch closed tear at the lower rear hinge, and creasing and closed tears at the flap folds. The Volume II jacket shows loss at spine ends to a maximum depth of one inch, lesser chipping to the edges, closed tears extending into "THE" on the upper front face title lettering, some rear hinge splitting and fractional loss, and flap fold short tears and minor loss. Both jackets show mild spine toning and light soiling. The dust jackets are protected beneath removable, archival quality clear covers. The blue cloth bindings are exceptionally bright and clean, with unfaded color and vividly bright gilt. Volume I shows a little wrinkling to the spine ends, trivial shelf wear to the lower edges, and bumps to the lower corners. The binding remains fully attached, but a little tender at the front hinge. The Volume II binding likewise shows a little wrinkling to the spine ends, just a hint of mottling of the blue color at the bottom edges, and minor corner bumps. The contents of both volumes remain unusually bright, with modest spotting substantially confined to prelims and otherwise bright page edges. The original black endpapers are intact, as are all illustrations, maps and plans. All folding maps are pristine and properly folded, with no tears or losses. All photogravure portraits, including the frontispieces, are intact, as are their original tissue guards. We find no previous ownership marks other than the author’s signature. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A2.1.d, Woods/ICS A2(a.3), Langworth p.29. Buchnummer des Verkäufers
Titel: The River War, the only jacketed volumes ...
Verlag: Longmans, Green and Co.
Auflage: First edition, third printing.
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