-First English Edition-
First English Edition [1 of 1500 copies]
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
Savrola was Winston Churchill’s first and only novel; a statement of personal and political philosophy delivered as a work of dystopian fiction with a twist of romance. 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.