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

-First American Abridged One-Volume "Cheap" Edition in the Rare Dust Jacket-


First American Abridged One-Volume "Cheap" Edition (First Printing)

By: Winston S. Churchill

Scribners Sons [New York]

Biblio: (Cohen A2.5) (Woods A2d)

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

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

Item Number: 14316


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 impressively fresh copy of the First American so-called “Cheap Edition” of 1933, in the rare dust jacket, which is not price-clipped. Produced from the original plates for the first 1902 abridged edition, this edition remains important bibliographically for the new Introduction that Churchill wrote for it. The dust jacket has a short closed on the the lower edge of the rear face, else fine. The book is virtually mint, with a tiny initial ownership ink stamp on the front free endpaper. Rare thus.