LONDON TO LADYSMITH VIA PRETORIA

(London: Longmans, Green, and Co, 1900).

SCARCE FIRST EDITION. A personal record of the first five months of the Boer War includes an account of Sir Redvers Buller's campaign for the relief of Ladysmith along with Churchill’s capture and escape from the Afrikaners.
In a daring escape reminiscent of the exploits of Indiana Jones, Churchill climbed a ten-foot fence and passed a sentry at less than five yards. He had to reach Delagoa Bay, almost three hundred miles away. Finding a railway, he hurled himself aboard a moving train and jumped off later to find water. After a five-day walk, he came to a village where he happened to knock on the door of the only Englishman within a twenty mile radius. (The help Churchill received from this man had to be omitted from the book because the Boer War was still being fought at the time of publication). Eventually, Churchill reached Delagoa Bay.
“I realised with awful force that no exercise of my own feeble wit and strength could save me from my enemies, and that without the assistance of that High Power ... I could never succeed. My prayer ... was swiftly and wonderfully answered.”. Item #30758

First edition. With a large folding map at front in colour, a second smaller folding map and a number of other maps and plans throughout the text. 8vo, handsomely bound in full tan calf, the spine with raised bands, the compartments gilt tooled and gilt lettered, the covers gilt ruled at the edges, the upper cover with facsimile of Churchill's signature in gilt, all edges gilt, marbled endleaves. Original upper cover and spine panel bound in at the rear. xiv, 498, (32) ads. pp. A very handsome copy of a book rarely found so, internally quite fresh and clean with the normative foxing quite minor and limited only to the prelims, the hinges strong, some mellowing to the fawn cloth as is almost always the case.

Price: $1,750.00