-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: 209859


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 copy of the First English edition, with bright cover art. The binding is square and tight, with sharp corners and a rounded spine that is decidedly less faded than usual but has faded somewhat, with one noticeable spot of discoloration. There is toning to the endpapers, front and rear, which is common for this book. The contents are fine and unfoxed, with a faint crease discernible through the center of the first four pages. Quite handsome overall.