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London to Ladysmith, Via Pretoria - CHURCHILL, Winston Spencer - 1900. [1229412]
Longmans, Green and Company, London 1900 - Finely bound by Bayntun-Riviere in full burgundy morocco leather with the ORIGINAL cloth cover, bound at the rear. One line gilt panel enclosing gilt block of author's signature on front cover. Spine with raised bands, lettered and dated in gilt with one line panels, rampant lion centers and tooled bands. Hand marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. Folding color frontispiece map, two pages of advertisements for Churchill's The River War and The Malakand Field Force, 32 pages of. publisher's ads, 3 other maps (2 folding), and 4 plans. When the Boer settlers in South Africa rebelled against British authority, Churchill joined with the 21st Lancers and ¿secured an assignment as press correspondent to the Morning Post¿ He had scarcely arrived [in South Africa] before he was involved in a skirmish which found him ¿in durance vile¿: a prisoner of war in Pretoria, unable to talk himself out of prison by claiming to be a reporter, and nearly mad over the lack of action. Typically, he made a daring escape¿ The true-life adventure story of his successful escapade dominates this book, one of the most gripping in the canon, making this one of his most popular books¿ (Langworth, 52, 53). An excellent copy in fine condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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