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The River War.
London, New York and Bombay: Longmans, Green & Co.,, 1899. Churchill's second book, in original cloth 2 volumes, octavo. Original dark blue cloth, titles and pictorial decoration gilt to spines and front boards, top edges rough-trimmed, black endpapers. Photogravure portrait frontispiece to each volume, 5 similar plates, one full-page photogravure to the text, 50 wood-engravings to the text by Angus Neil, 23 colour maps and battle plans, all but 3 folding, 11 maps to the text of which 2 full-page. Light rubbing, scratch to rear cover of vol. II, front hinge of vol. II with short split at foot, front endpaper of vol. I loosening a little, but books afterwards tight, some faint foxing. An excellent copy. First edition, first impression, second state (with the inverted comma inserted after THE 'LONDON GAZETTE['] on p. 459 of the second volume). Churchill's second book, preceded only by The Story of the Malakand Field Force (1898). "Overcoming the objections of Kitchener, the commander-in-chief of the expeditionary force, Churchill obtained a temporary posting with the 21st lancers, and arrived in the Sudan in time to take part in the celebrated cavalry charge at the battle of Omdurman (2 September 1898), in which the regiment galloped by accident into a hidden ravine crammed with armed men. Churchill, who shot and killed at least three of the enemy with his Mauser pistol, was cool and courageous but lucky to survive a bout of hand-to-hand fighting in which 22 British officers and men were killed Â… [In The River War] the story of the campaign is firmly embedded in a remarkabl … [Click Below for Full Description]
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