THE STORY OF THE MALAKAND FIELD FORCE
[First Colonial Library Hardcover Edition]
First Colonial Library Edition [1 of 1,075 copies]
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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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.” Typographically, the front cover is also an undocumented variant, with Churchill’s name rendered as “W. Spencer Churchill.” absent the initial “L.” that is commonly present. The “L” was dropped on all Second Edition covers. The title page here, however, conforms to the First Edition.
Harsher climate conditions in the colonies generally resulted in low survival rates for these volumes. Thus, the freshness of this example is so striking. 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.