-First Colonial Library Hardcover Edition-


First Colonial Library Edition [1 of 1,075 copies]

By: Winston [W. Spencer] Churchill

Longmans Green & Co. [London]

Biblio: (Cohen A1.2.a) (Woods A1ab)

8vo (337 pages, with frontis portrait and 6 maps, including 2 fold-out in color.)

Hardcover [Blackish-blue stamping on Greenish-grey cloth]

Item Number: 206352

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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.


This is an astonishingly fresh, virtually mint copy of the rare First Colonial Library hardcover edition, which was “intended for circulation only in India and the British colonies.” Harsher climate conditions in the colonies generally resulted in low survival rates for these volumes. Thus, the freshness of this example is so striking.

Typographically, the front cover is also an undocumented variant, with Churchill’s name rendered as “W. Spencer Churchill.” absent the initial “L.” [for Leonard] that is usually present. (The “L” was dropped on all Second Edition covers.) The title page here conforms to the First Edition title page.

The spine is unfaded; as strongly colored as the front and rear faces. The gilt titles are bright. The binding is crisp, tight and square, with sharp corners. The contents are fine and virtually unfoxed.

Simply an exceptional copy.