London, South Kensington
30 November 2005
CHURCHILL, Winston Spencer (1874-1965). The Story of the Malakand Field Force. An Episode of Frontier War. London: Longmans, 1898. 8°. Half title, half tone frontispiece portrait of Major General Sir Bindon Blood, 6 maps or plans, 2 folding and printed in black and red, 32-pages of publisher's advertisements at the end. Original green cloth lettered in gilt (some small stains to spine, a few very light stains). FIRST EDITION OF CHURCHILL'S FIRST PUBLISHED WORK. Woods A1a.
Included in the lot is a 9-page manuscript despatch, probably in a secretarial hand, on lined paper headed "No. 3 'Despatches. Malakand Field Force'. Dated camp Mui 20th August 1897. From Major General Sir B. Blood K.G.B. Commanding Malakand Field Force to the Adjutant General in India." It continues, "I have the honour to submit the following report on the fighting which took place at Chakdarra Fort between the 26th July and the 2nd August 1897 ..."
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