-First Canadian Edition-


First Canadian Edition

By: Winston S. Churchill

William Briggs [Toronto]

Biblio: (Cohen A27.7) (Woods A12aa)

8vo (242 pages, with 60 photographs, 3 maps, tissue protected frontis photo, 18-page rear publisher’s catalogue.)

Hardcover [Red pictorial cloth]

Item Number: 206158


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 an extraordinarily beautiful copy of the rare First Canadian edition, with vivid cover art, a square, tight binding and a beautifully rounded spine that is virtually unfaded, with just a touch of rubbing near the upper front edge. There are two handsome, vintage bookplates, one on the front pastedown, one on the front free endpaper. The contents are fine and unfoxed.<p.

Rare thus and virtually never seen at all.