IAN HAMILTON’S MARCH
-First Canadian Hardcover Edition-
First Canadian Hardcover Edition
The Copp, Clark Company, Ltd. [Toronto]
Biblio: (Cohen A8.3) (Woods A5)
8vo (424 pages, with frontis portrait of Ian Hamilton, 1 three-color folding map.)
Hardcover [Yellowish-brown pictorial cloth]
Item Number: 14433
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.
A strikingly handsome copy of this rare issue, which, like the Canadian Ladysmith, was produced from American First edition plates and bound in a similar style. The coarser, more ochre-color, cloth is stamped with a full-color crossed flags cover motif and a red fleur-de-lis on the spine. The cloth has perhaps darkened a trifle with age, particularly along the spine, but this copy is otherwise virtually mint, inside and out, save for a vintage ink gift inscription, dated “1900” on the front free endpaper, together with a former-owner name and address ink-stamp. Remarkable for a book that is far scarcer than either the English or American firsts and is even rarer than the Canadian LADYSMITH hardcover edition.