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My African Journey
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1908. First edition, only printing. Hardcover. Very good plus. This is a collector-worthy British first edition, only printing of My African Journey, Churchill's travelogue on Britain's possessions in East Africa, written while he was serving as Undersecretary of State for the Colonies. This book is notable, among other things, for being the only one of his many books to contain photographs allegedly taken by the author. In the summer of 1907 Churchill left England for five months, making his way after working stops in southern Europe to Africa for "a tour of the east African domains." In early November, Churchill would kill a rhinoceros, the basis of the striking illustration on the front cover of the British first edition of his eventual book. By now a seasoned and financially shrewd author, Churchill arranged to profit doubly from the trip, first by serializing articles in Strand Magazine and then by publishing a book based substantially upon them. In November 1908 Hodder and Stoughton published My African Journey as a book, which was a substantial 10,000 words longer than the serialized articles. The British first edition is striking, with a vivid red binding and a prominent front cover bearing a woodcut illustration in blue, grey, and black of Churchill with his bagged white rhinoceros. The red cloth spine proved exceptionally vulnerable to sunning and the lovely books seem to have attracted handling, making wear and soiling the norm. Spotting is also endemic. Truly bright and clean copies are scarce. Here is such a copy - a British first edition, only printing in very good plus condition. The red cloth binding remains square, clean, bright, and tight with nicely rounded spine. Light wear is substantially confined to spine ends and corners. The striking, illustrated front cover - a signal feature of this edition - is notably bright and clean. Spine presentation is excellent for the edition, retaining bright gilt and vivid, unfaded red color with no discernible color shift between the front cover and spine. Spine flaws are negligible, with light wear at the ends and four spall black marks, two directly beneath the title, one at the spine center, and one just above the publisher's name. The blank rear cover shows three tiny moisture spots, but likewise retains vivid color. The 61 photographs of this edition were tipped in rather than bound, so copies should always be carefully checked to ensure the presence of all illustrations and maps. All illustrations and maps are present, as is the tissue cover at the frontispiece. The contents are remain bright and clean. We find no previous ownership marks. Spotting is light and intermittent within, moderate on the page edges. The binding is protected with a clear, removable mylar jacket. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A27.1, Woods/ICS A12(aa), Langworth p.81.
      [Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector]
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