CHURCHILL, Sir W.L.S. The River War. An Historical Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1902.
8° (220 x 140mm). Half-title, photogravure portrait frontispiece of Kitchener. 24 colour-printed maps, 11 folding, maps in the text, 6 full-page maps. 40-page publisher's catalogue bound in at the end. (A few light marks, lacking tissue guard of title causing light offsetting onto title.) Original maroon cloth, upper board titled and blocked with design in gilt, spine lettered and blocked with design in gilt, black endpapers (spine a little faded, extremities lightly rubbed). Provenance: Hugh Cecil, Baron Quickswood (1869-1956, presentation inscription on half-title 'Hugh Cecil , from , Winston S. Churchill. , 30. Oct 1902.').
SECOND, REVISED EDITION. INSCRIBED BY CHURCHILL TO QUICKSWOOD, two weeks after publication. The second edition of The River War was 'revised considerably' (Woods), and a chapter was added describing the destruction of the Khalifa, and the end of the war; it was issued in an edition of 1,000 copies on 1 5 October 1902.
This, and the two following lots, are from the library of Churchill's fellow-MP, lifelong friend, and best man, Hugh Richard Heathcote Gascoyne-Cecil, Baron Quickswood (1869-1956, known to his family and close friends as 'Linky' or 'Linkey'), and are offered on behalf of The Second World War Experience Centre. The son of the Conservative Prime Minister Robert Cecil, third Marquis of Salisbury, Hugh Cecil pursued a political career as a Conservative from 1895 to 1937--sitting as Conservative Member of Parliament for Greenwich from 1895 to 1906 and burgess of the University of Oxford from 1910 to 1937--before devoting himself fully to his duties as provost of Eton. Although esteemed as an orator, and, in his early parliamentary career the head of the eponymous 'Hughligans', a small group of young, independent Conservatives, Hugh Cecil's 'mode of thought unsuited him for the blend of intellectual compromise and practical ingenuity needed to make a success in political life' (D. Cecil The Cecils of Hatfield House (London: 1973), p.300). Hugh Cecil first met Churchill in 1898, and the young Churchill became a member of the 'Hughligans', finding in Cecil a match for his own oratorical gusto, disciplined by considerable intellectual mettle; as Churchill wrote to him in 1904, 'you are the only person who has any real influence on my mind' (K. Rose The Later Cecils (London: 1975), p.240). The two men subsequently moved apart politically, but their friendship remained strong through the remainder of their lives--as the inscriptions in lot 85, dated less than two years before Cecil's death testify--and in 1941 Cecil was recommended for a peerage by Churchill, becoming Baron Quickswood. Woods (1975) A2(b).