LONDON TO LADYSMITH (VIA PRETORIA)
-First American Edition-
First American Edition [1 of less than 3,000 copies]
Longmans, Green, & Co. Ltd. [New York]
Biblio: (Cohen A4.2.a) (Woods A4ba)
8vo (510 pages, 3 folding maps, 5 other plans and maps.)
Hardcover [Red cloth]
Item Number: 209394
London to Ladysmith was the first of two Boer War volumes derived from Winston Churchill’s newspaper dispatches as a war correspondent in South Africa. It features a thrilling account of his escape from the Boers, an escape that would help launch young Churchill’s political career. The First English edition was published elaborately in fawn-colored cloth stamped with a striking cover illustration of the infamous armored train that Churchill was defending when he was captured. The American edition is an unadorned, though still handsome, red cloth binding with gilt lettering.
This is a very good copy of the First American edition. The binding is tight and the gilt topstain is quite bright, but the red cloth and gilt stamping have faded a bit, more significantly along the spine. The contents are fine and unfoxed, with a former owner’s bookplate on the front pastedown.