-First Printing of the “Silver Library” Edition-


“Silver Library” Edition (First Printing) [1 of 1,500 copies]

By: Winston S. Churchill

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

Biblio: (Cohen A1.3.a) (Woods A1bb.1)

8vo (340 pages, tissue guarded frontis photo, illustrated with 6 maps, including 2 foldout in color.)

Hardcover [Dark Red cloth]

Item Number: 17861


Collector's Guide

The Story of the Malakand Field Force was Winston Churchill’s first book, a chronicle of true-life military adventures drawn from newspaper dispatches filed by the then-22-year-old correspondent while serving on India’s Afghanistan-bordering Northwest Frontier under Major-General Sir Bindon Blood. Wrenching to read how little has changed in this region since Churchill’s time. The First Edition is easily distinguished by its apple-green cloth binding but Malakand is prized by collectors in almost any edition.


Responding to numerous proofing errors in the first edition, Winston Churchill quickly prepared a new revised edition that restored the correct text as he’d originally intended it. Issued January 1899 in the publisher Longmans’ low-priced “Silver Library” series, this Second Edition constituted the book’s definitive rendering.

This is a very good copy of the first printing. The cloth is a robust deep red and the gilt is bright, with virtually no fading at all, but there are faint circular cup shadows visible in the front face, and the corner are a touch rubbed, with the lower front corner slightly crunched . There is a vintage owner name and address in ink on the front free endpaper. The contents are fine and unfoxed.

A very handsome copy overall.