LONDON TO LADYSMITH (VIA PRETORIA)
-First English Edition-
First English Edition [1 of 10,000 copies]
Longmans, Green, & Co. Ltd. [London]
Biblio: (Cohen A4.1.a) (Woods A4a)
8vo (516 pages with 3 folding maps, 5 other plans and maps, 32-page rear publisher’s catalogue.)
Hardcover [Fawn pictorial cloth]
Item Number: 210017
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 reasonably good copy of the First English edition. The cloth has darkened significantly, particularly along the spine, which is unfrayed but a bit undulated. The binding is firm, if just a touch cocked, and the corners are turned. The contents are fine and unfoxed, with all maps present. The rear hinge is just beginning to give.
Overall, a healthy survivor that does show its age and is priced accordingly