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IAN HAMILTON’S MARCH
-From the Library of Winston Churchill’s Brother Jack-
First English Edition [1 of 5,000 copies]
Longmans, Green, & Co. Ltd. [London]
Biblio: (Cohen A8.1.a) (Woods A5)
8vo (409 pages, with frontis portrait of Gen. Ian Hamilton, 1 three-color folding map, plus 9 other maps and plans, 32- page rear publishers catalogue.)
Hardcover [Dark red cloth]
Item Number: 15306
Ian Hamilton’s March concluded Churchill’s Boer War narrative begun with London to Ladysmith. It features the triumphant liberation of his former-POW campmates in Pretoria, South Africa. The English and American editions were both bound in red cloth but the American edition is a match to the American edition of London to Ladysmith.
This very good copy of the First English edition was the property of Winston Churchill’s brother, Jack, whose discreet bookplate is affixed to the front pastedown. The cloth is fresh on the front and rear faces, the spine is faded and lightly worn, with faint chipping to the head and tail. The binding is tight and the corners are sharp. Contents fine, with scattered foxing to the prelims and along the fore-edges. A more than presentable copy and a prize in terms of provenance. John Strange Spencer Churchill (always known as Jack) was the second son of Lord and Lady Randolph Churchill; the younger brother, by just over five years, of Winston. After a successful school career at Harrow, it was Jack Churchill’s dearest wish to follow his adored older brother into military service but the family’s ruined financial state, in the wake of Randolph Churchill’s passing, caused Jennie Churchill to press her youngest son into the service of Sir Ernest Cassell, there to “make millions” as a stockbroker. Jack and Winston Churchill remained devoted to one another until Jack’s passing in 1947.