THE STORY OF THE MALAKAND FIELD FORCE
-First Edition of Churchill’s First Book-
First English Edition (First State) [1 of 2,000 copies]
Longmans, Green, & Co. Ltd. [London]
Biblio: (Cohen A1.1.a) (Woods A1a)
8vo (352 pages, 6 maps, illustrations, tissue-guarded frontis portrait. With 32-page rear catalogue dated 12/97.)
Hardcover [Apple-green cloth]
Item Number: 205068
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.
This is a good copy of the First State of the First English edition. The green cloth is nominally faded and somewhat darkened with age, as is the gilt lettering. The binding is tight but the black endpapers have hinge breaks, front and rear, and are lightly edge-chipped. There is a vintage owner name in pencil on the front free endpaper. The tissue guard is present on the title page, though it has browned considerably. The rear publisher’s catalogue has been removed resulting in further separation at the hinges. The contents are fine and unfoxed, with all maps present and correctly folded.