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The River War. An Historical Account of the - CHURCHILL, W.S. [ed. Col. F. RHODE - 1899. 
London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1899. FIRST EDITION of the author's second book. 2 volumes; large octavo; pp.xxiii462; xiv499. Illustrated with Frontispiece and other portraits, and 34 maps and plans, many coloured and folding. Wood's second state of Appendix 'C' although Cohen is non-committal on this, which features one minor typographic correction. Finely bound in recent half dark blue morocco with raised bands, gilt titles and gilt 'lion rampant' motif to spines, top edge gilt, black endpapers. Internally clean but for a very few marks. Externally fine. An attractive leather-bound set, housed in a fleece-lined buckram slipcase. WSC's second book, written while he was still an Army officer, describes the background to the Sudan conflict between the British forces under Lord Kitchener and the fanatical Islamic Jihadists led by a self proclaimed second prophet of Islam, the relationship of the Upper Nile to Egypt, the murder of General Charles George Gordon in the siege at Khartoum, the political reaction in England, and Kitchener's elaborate preparations for the war. While in the Sudan Churchill participated in the Battle of Omdurman, the last British cavalry charge in battle. Churchill comments at length on the mechanization of war with use of the telegraph, railroad, and a new generation of weaponry. Langworth p.27; Woods A2.
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