-First English “Cheap” Illustrated Softcover Edition-


First English “Cheap” Illustrated Edition

By: Winston S. Churchill

Hodder & Stoughton [London]

Biblio: (Cohen A27.8) (Woods A12b)

8vo (92 pages, plus adverts at both ends)

Softcover [Printed Paper wraps]

Item Number: 11040


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 the extremely rare and fragile early English illustrated softcover edition in unusually fresh condition. Produced in the style of a vintage “pulp” (a kind of Victorian-age comic book), it constituted a new setting of the text (in 2-columns) printed on cheap paper that browned quickly; bound in slicked paper wraps with a full-color cover illustration of Churchill in pith helmet and rifle standing by his bagged white rhinoceros.

These illustrated covers, front and rear, so prone to age-darkening, are here bright and virtually mint, save for a tiny chip near the lower front corner The spine, so prone to cracking and loss, is complete, with fractional chips at the head and tail. The contents are browned, as per usual, but unfoxed, and crisp.

This is the scarcest edition of this work, here preserved in a purpose-built burgundy cloth slipcase.