London: Hodder and Stoughton. FIRST EDITION. Very Good. FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL PICTORIAL CLOTH of Churchill stirring account of his African travels. Complete with 61 photographic illustrations and three maps. "In autumn 1907 [Churchill] set out on a tour of east Africa which began as a hunting expedition but turned into a semi-official inquiry into colonial affairs. In Kenya he went big-game hunting and investigated the conditions of African contract workers. In Uganda he visited Christian missions, took tea with Daudi Chewa, the eleven-year-old kabaka of Buganda, and took up with great enthusiasm the project for a dam across the Ripon Falls" (Dictionary of National Biography). "Living more by his pen than his ministerial salary, Churchill contracted to write a series of articles for the Strand Magazine. These were expanded into a book, My African Journey, published in 1908… My African Journey gives a vivid and sometimes exciting picture of Africa and the author's progress. It is also instructive, as befits Churchill's instincts as an itinerant politician" (Sandys, Chasing Churchill: The Travels of Winston Churchill). London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1908. Octavo, original pictorial red cloth. Publisher's catalog bound in rear (as issued). Mild fading to spine (less than usual), slight lean to binding, a little foxing to text block edges (text exceptionally clean). A handsome copy with front cover colors particularly strong.
(Inventory #: 1781)
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