CHURCHILL, Winston. My African Journey. (FIRST EDITION - 1908)



TITLE: My African Journey.

PUBLISHER: London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1908.

DESCRIPTION: FIRST EDITION. 1 vol., 7-1/4" x 5-1/8", illustrated with 47 plates and 3 maps, bound in fine full dark blue morocco, ribbed gilt decorated spine, covers ruled in gilt, gilt signature of Churchill to front cover, gilt dentelles, marbled pastedowns and endpapers, all edges gilt, by Sangorski & Sutcliffe/Zaehnsdorf.

CONDITION: Internally clean and bright, no previous ownership markings, inscriptions, or bookplate, inner and outer hinges fine, head and foot of spine fine, A FINE COPY.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This work based on his travels around British East Africa in the autumn of 1907, was the first book to derive purely from Churchill's journalism, as distinct from his work as a war correspondent. The work was initially serialized in the Strand Magazine prior to publication in the present book-form; Churchill's contract was highly lucrative, reflecting the celebrity status of the author, a rising star in British politics. The account is highly readable, and "bubbles with Churchill's irrepressible interest in everything new, whether it was the thrill of hunting rhino, the dangers of sleeping sickness, or the engagingly extempore justice of the District Officers."