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-First English Edition-


First English Edition [1 of 1500 copies]

By: Winston S. Churchill

Longmans, Green & Co. [London]

Biblio: (Cohen A3.2.a) (Woods A3ba)

8vo (345 pages, including two pages of advertisements for “Malakand Field Force” and “The River War.” Dated 1900 on title page but copyright date [on verso] is 1899.)

Hardcover [Green cloth]

Item Number: 205073

Collector's Guide

Savrola was Winston Churchill’s first and only novel; a statement of personal and political philosophy delivered as a work of dystopian fiction about dictatorship (with an astonishing relevance to our own dire present moment in time). U.S. publication preceded the British issue by roughly ten days, rendering the American first edition the true first.


This is a very good copy of the First English edition. The green cloth has uniformly darkened with age and there is faint, scattered, light spotting to the front and rear faces; which is not unusual for this volume. The gilt remains bright. There is a tiny repair to the cloth at the head of the spine, which is ever so faintly concave from reading. The binding is modestly cocked; also not unusual with this book. The hinges are tender. The contents are fine, with very scattered, light foxing.

Overall, a noble example that just reveals its age.