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THE STORY OF THE MALAKAND FIELD FORCE
-First Edition of Churchill’s First Book-
First English Edition [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: 209194
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 very good copy of the First State of the First English edition. The rear publisher’s catalogue is dated 12/97 and there is no Eratta slip. The frontis photo tissue guard is present and has browned somewhat (as per usual).
The cloth is still bright on the front and rear faces. The spine has browned a bit with age but the spine type has hardly faded. The binding is strong and the spine is quite nicely rounded. The contents are fine and unfoxed.
A truly first-rate example overall.