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

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

1940 [1941]

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

By: Winston S. Churchill

Eyre & Spottiswoode [London]

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

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

Hardcover (without Dust Jacket) [Greyish-purple cloth]

Item Number: 200399


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, all subsequent editions were significantly abridged.


This is a very good copy, without dust jacket, of the Third, and by far the rarest, printing of the abridged, so-called “Cheap Edition,” printed on February 28, 1941, according to bibliographer Ronald Cohen, despite the publisher’s indicated 1940 publication date. Produced using the original plates from the first abridged edition of 1902, this “Cheap Edition” remains important bibliographically for the new Introduction that Churchill wrote for it. The cloth boards here are modestly shelfworn and the spine head is a bit crunched but the cloth color remains bright. The contents are fine, clean and virtually unfoxed, despite having survived World War II.