THE RIVER WAR: An Account of the Re-conquest of the Sudan

-First English Abridged One-Volume “Cheap” Edition in the Rare Dust Jacket-


First English Abridged One-Volume “Cheap” Edition (First Printing)

By: Winston S. Churchill

Eyre & Spottiswoode [London]

Biblio: (Cohen A2.4.a) (Woods A2d)

8vo (381 pages, 22 maps, many folding, some two-color.)

Hardcover (with Dust Jacket) [Greyish-purple cloth]

Item Number: 206351


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 is a very good copy in the very rare dust jacket of the First Printing of this so-called “Cheap Edition,” which was printed in 1933 from the original plates for the first 1902 abridged edition. It remains important for the new Introduction that Churchill wrote for it. The dust jacket here is in brilliant condition, virtually mint, as is the book itself, inside and out. Rare thus; seemingly unopened.