-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: 207893


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.

Here is a very good copy of the first printing. The cloth and gilt are extraordinarily fresh, bright and unfaded. There is a tiny scratch at the upper edge of the rear face. The binding is crisp, tight and square. The contents are fine and unfoxed. Virtually mint and rare thus; here preserved in a very handsome purpose-built, tan half-leather solander with some shelf wear.