[CHURCHILL, Sir Winston Introduction] BERMANN, Richard A. The Mahdi of Allah. A Drama of the Sudan. Putnam. 1931.
8vo., original cloth with dust wrapper. With 15 illustrations and 2 maps. A little chipping to head of spine of wrapper, otherwise a very good copy.
First edition in English (the same year as the original German) with a three and a half page Introduction by Winston Churchill. "It is interesting for Britons to learn the Mahdi's point of view, and Richard Bermann has performed this in a remarkable book…The author has thrown a running commentary of light on a strange and sisister figure which fell like a distant shadow across my generation in the 'eighties. The Mahdi!"
Interestingly the dust wrapper and an insert printed in red state "To avoid the possibility of causing offence to Mohammedan readers, the Publishers desire to state that the claim of the Dervish Mohammed to the sublime title of "The Madhi of Allah" is not recognised by the author of this book, nor by any of those associated with its English presentation."