My African Journey

My African Journey


Description: 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.
Artist or Maker: CHURCHILL, WINSTON
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