THE RIVER WAR: A Historical Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan

-Rebacked First Edition Set-


First English Edition Set (First Printing) [1 of 2,003 produced]

By: Winston S. Churchill

Longmans, Green, & Co. Ltd. [London]

Biblio: (Cohen A2.1.a) (Woods A2a)

8vo (488 pages and 516 pages, profusely illustrated with drawings, 11 folding color maps, other maps & plans.)

Hardcover [Dark blue-black cloth]

Item Number: 210252

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Collector's Guide

The River War¬†was Winston Churchill’s second book, a brilliant history of British involvement in the Sudan and an account of the fierce campaign for its reconquest that Churchill himself participated in and, in many significant ways, disapproved of. Originally published in two large, lavish and, today, extremely rare volumes, THE RIVER WAR was abridged by Churchill himself for a 1902 one-volume edition. All subsequent editions have been versions of Churchill’s abridgement.


This very good First English edition set has been rebacked, with new endpapers. The cloth is quite fresh, with a miniscule circular stain on the front board of Volume I and some mild denting to the edges of both volumes. The gilt stamping remains bright and the spines are only nominally worn and generally unfaded. The contents are fine and unfoxed, with all maps, plans and tissue guards present and intact. The set is housed in a handsome contemporary blue cloth slipcase imprinted with the original cover art.

An excellent value, expertly restored.