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

-First Edition Set in Fine Leather Binding-


First English Edition Set

By: Winston S. Churchill

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

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

8vo [1 of 2,003 sets produced] (488 pages and 516 pages, profusely illustrated with drawings, 11 folding color maps, other maps & plans.)

Hardcover [Crimson leather]

Item Number: 208493

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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 First English edition set has been rebound spectacularly in full crimson levant by Bayntun Riviere of Bath, with Churchill’s signature in gilt on each face, the spines gilt-tooled and lettered with rampant lion ornaments in six compartments, raised bands, all edges gilded and leather-edged marbled endpapers. The books have been trimmed for binding. All maps, plans and tissue guards are present. The contents are fine and unfoxed.