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-First English Edition-


First English Edition

By: Winston S. Churchill

Hodder & Stoughton [London]

Biblio: (Cohen A27.1) (Woods A12aa)

8vo (242 pages, with 61 photographs, 3 maps, tissue protected frontis photo, 18-page rear publisher’s catalogue.)

Hardcover [Red pictorial cloth]

Item Number: 210021

Collector's Guide

My African Journey is Winston Churchill’s travelogue account of his whirlwind tour of Britain’s East-Africa territories as Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies; his first official government office. The book features eloquent and perceptive observations about Africa, and much big-game hunting, with young Churchill as guide. The first English edition is particularly coveted for its handsome cover woodcut of the author posed beside a trophy rhinoceros. The more plainly-bound American edition, which utilized English first edition sheets, has no woodcut on its brownish-red buckram cover, yet it is the rarer volume.


This is a truly lovely copy of the First English edition, with vividly fresh cover art and a significantly unfaded spine. The binding is square and tight, with perhaps the faintest tilt and a very slight curvature to the rear board. The corners are sharp. There is modest toning to the endpapers, as per usual. The contents are fine and unfoxed.