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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: 208962

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 very good First English edition copy, with exceptionally bright cover art and an unusually unfaded spine. The binding is tight, if slightly cocked, and there is a very faint stain mark on the front board. There is toning to the front free endpaper, as per usual, and a rather messy, vintage former-owner name and address inked on the front pastedown, with some faint transfer to the opposite endpaper. The contents are fine and unfoxed. Really exceptionally nice, with brilliant shelf appearance.