“THE EUROPEAN HAS NEITHER THE WISH NOR THE POWER TO CONSTITUTE A WHITE PROLETARIAT IN COUNTRIES LIKE EAST AFRICA”: CHURCHILL’S MY AFRICAN JOURNEY, 1908
CHURCHILL, Winston. My African Journey. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1908. Octavo, modern full tan calf gilt, raised bands, red morocco spine label, top edge gilt; with original pictorial cloth cover bound in. $1800.
First edition of this early Churchill travelogue, with three full-page maps and over 60 photographs, many taken by Churchill. Handsomely bound, with original pictorial cloth front cover bound in.
As undersecretary of State for the Colonies in 1907, Churchill traveled to Africa on a tour of inspection. He "saw the advantages of producing a travelogue on Britain's valuable possessions in East Africa. Among these, Churchill waxes most eloquent on Uganda, which he calls 'a pearl" (Langworth, 80). My African Journey "includes photographs allegedly taken by Churchill, the only such appearance in the canon; the text is important because it shows Churchill raising prescient questions involving the betterment of the East African population" (Langworth, 80). With 16-page publisher's catalogue at rear. Cohen A27.1. Woods A12. Langworth, 80-83.
Text quite clean, with only a little of the foxing often seen with this work; very handsomely bound.