THE RIVER WAR: An Account of the Reconquest of the Sudan

-Later Abridged One-Volume "Cheap" Edition-

1951 [1965]

English Abridged One-Volume Edition (Fifth Printing Binding Variant)

By: Winston S. Churchill

Eyre & Spottiswoode [London]

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

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

Hardcover (with Dust Jacket) [Purble-blue cloth]

Item Number: 14396


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 an exceptionally fresh copy of the final reprint of the abridged one-volume, so-called “Cheap Edition” of 1933. Printed from the original plates for the first 1902 abridged edition, this edition remains important bibliographically for the new Introduction that Churchill wrote for it. This is the binding variant that Cohen describes as dating from after Churchill’s death in 1965 despite the 1951 date on the copyright page. The dust jacket here is mint, extraordinarily bright, even along the fade-prone spine. The book is virtually mint, save for a discreet former-owner name in ink on the front free endpaper and a charming, vintage Foyle’s bookshop sticker on the pastedown.