-First English Edition-


First English Edition

By: Winston S. Churchill

Hodder & Stoughton [London]

Biblio: (Cohen A27.1) (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: 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.