MY AFRICAN JOURNEY, by Winston Churchill - 1908 [1st ed., Provenance]


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My African Journey

by Winston Churchill 

First edition.   London:  Hodder and Stoughton, 1908 

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Three-quarter leatherbound covers in red are mostly clean, with gilt bands. 
  • Boards show a ding at upper right corner, a little edgewear  Corners are sharp.  See photos.  
  • Spine has raised bands, gilt ornament and text, and is bright with scuffing at foot end.  See photos.  
  • Binding, rebound by Baytun (Riviere) of Bath, England, is strong. 
  • Coordinating marble end papers/ pastedowns.  
  • Pastedowns and feps have some toning at edges, some loss to edge at inside back cover, scattered foxing, a few cataloguer's marks in pencil.  See photos. 
  • Frontispiece is present and has intact tissue guard.
  • Ex libris Cragwood library, with owner's bookplate on front pastedown.  See photos.
  • 61 illustrations from photographs are bright and clear. 
  • Three maps are present.
  • Publisher's catalogue absent. 
  • Interior is gently age-toned, exhibits a few scattered smudges.  Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Text block edges have gilt along head. 
  • PS2024.013

226 pages. 4.75 x 7.25 inches

The first edition of Winston Churchill's first hand account of his travels around British controlled East Africa in the autumn of 1907, written while he was serving as Undersecretary of State for the Colonies.  This work is notable for being the only one of his many publications to contain photographs ostensibly taken by the author.  

A very good copy of this first edition, significant also for its provenance.  From the Estate of Jane Englehard (1917-2004), noted philanthropist and socialite.  The bookplate comes from the library at Cragwood, the 1920s Bernardsville NJ estate of Mrs. Engelhard and her husband, Charles W. Engelhard Jr. (1917-1971).  This book's handsome red leather binding was made by Baytun (Riviere) bindery in Bath, England.  Bookplate (with lower portion torn away), marked Cragwood and bearing a label "916," is found on front pastedown.   

First edition.  Printed by Richard Clay & Sons Limited.

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