churchill's experience of the 'great game'
CHURCHILL, Sir Winston. The Story of the Malakand Field Force. An Episode of Frontier War. London, New York and Bombay: Aberdeen University Press for Longmans, Green and Co., 1898.
8vo (191 x 126mm). Original green cloth, upper board lettered in gilt, within a panel blocked in blind, spine ruled in gilt and lettered in gilt, modern black cloth box, gilt green morocco lettering-piece on spine; pp. [i]-xiv, [2 (list of maps and plates, verso blank)], -336, -32 (publisher's catalogue, dated December, 1897); half-tone portrait frontispiece with tissue guard, 2 folding tinted lithographic maps by G. Philip & Son, one bound to throw clear, and 4 maps by G. Philip & Son; boards lightly rubbed and bumped at extremities, cloth slightly marked, some scattered spotting and occasional light offsetting, otherwise a good copy in the original cloth.
First edition, first issue of Churchill's first book. The result of Sir Bindon Blood's expedition to the Northwest Frontier of India in 1897, expanded from Churchill's articles on the war supplied to the Daily Telegraph. The author noted later in writing his first book to 'have discovered a great power of application which I did not think I possessed. For two months I have worked not less than five hours a day.'
Woods/ICS A1 (a).