London to Ladysmith via Pretoria. CHURCHILL, Sir Winston Spencer.

London to Ladysmith via Pretoria.

London: Longmans, Green, & Co., 1900. 'New Impression' (published in the same format and year as the first). Illustrated with folding coloured map, 3 further folding maps, 4 plans, pp. (xiv), 498, 2 of adverts, 32-page of publisher's catalogue. Publisher's pictorial beige cloth, coated black endpapers. Ownership inscription and armorial bookplate of John Sharpe. A very good copy with some acceptable age-related handling and toning, some wear to inside paper joints but no major defects. Winston Churchill's personal account of the first five months of the Boer War, which includes impressions on the Relief of Ladysmith, and also the story of WSC's capture, and dramatic escape from the Boers; He was captured while a military reporter, but fled his prison camp and travelled almost 300 miles to Portuguese Lourenço Marques in Delagoa Bay, with the assistance of an English mine manager. His escape made him a minor national hero for a time in Britain, though instead of returning home, he rejoined General Buller's army on its march to relieve the British at the Siege of Ladysmith and take Pretoria. He was one of the first British troops through, and in fact, alongside his cousin the Duke of Marlborough, was able to get ahead on horseback to demand and receive the surrender of 52 Boer guards from the prison camp. Item #42963

Price: £195.00

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