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-First English Edition Signed Three Days After Publication-


First English Edition

By: Winston S. Churchill

Longmans, Green, & Co. Ltd. [London]

Biblio: (Cohen A8.1.a) (Woods A5a)

8vo (409 pages, with frontis portrait of Gen. Ian Hamilton, folding map at rear, plus 9 other maps and plans, 32- page rear publishers catalogue. [1 of 5000 copies published])

Hardcover [Dark red cloth]

Item Number: 10134

Collector's Guide

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 is an extravagantly rare First English edition copy signed and dated three days after publication in ink on the half-title: “Winston S. Churchill Oct. 15. 1900.”

Only one other signed copy of IAN HAMILTON’S MARCH has appeared at auction since 1976; none with a signature dated contemporaneously with publication. The cloth boards here are bright, the corners are sharp, the spine is very modestly faded, with some slight fraying to the joints, some rumpling at the spine head and tail, and two tiny indentations at the lower edge of the front board. Contents fine, though the first two pages (including the signed half-title page) are foxed.

This is a pricelessly rare signed copy of a very early Churchill work. It is here preserved in a handsome half-leather burgundy solander with gilt titles.