CHURCHILL, Winston Spencer.

My African Journey.

£12,500

My African Journey.

London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1908.

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A super copy with a near-contemporary inscription from Winston Churchill to Dorothy Allhusen, the wife of the Conservative M. P. Augustus Henry Eden Allhusen. They were married in 1897 and ten years later John Singer Sargent painted her full-length portrait, which is now in the collection of the Northwestern University in the U. S. Dorothy Allhusen was certainly no flighty socialite but mixed in literary as well as political circles, forming friendships with likes of Thomas Hardy and Winston Churchill. She achieved much with her philanthropic work including establishing two military hospitals during World War I.

As Under Secretary of State for the Colonies in 1907, Winston S. Churchill toured Britain's territories in East Africa. My African Journey documents his travels and the people he met; he waxes lyrical on the natural beauty of Uganda and goes on to explore Egypt and Sudan via the White Nile. More than a travelogue however, Churchill, now in his 30s, turns his attention towards issues of government and development, suggesting that the best way to tap the latent wealth of East Africa was the development of the railway system. His thoughts on settlement, race and government provide an intriguing insight into contemporary imperialism and African history and fascinating reading for both Churchill enthusiasts and those interested in the historical relationship between Britain and its colonies towards the end of the British Empire.

Description

First edition, inscribed by the author; 'Dorothy from/ Winston Churchill/ 23 Jan 1911, 8vo., xiii, 226pp., 16 pages advertisements at end, frontispiece, 60 illustrations on 46 plates, 3 maps, a very few, random, marginal spots to text, upper hinge split but firm, otherwise very bright, publisher's red cloth gilt, coloured rhinoceros hunting vignette on upper cover, fading to spine, corners slightly bumped, otherwise very clean and bright.

Bookplate of Dorothy Allhusen to upper pastedown.

Bibliography

Woods A12; Czech p37.

 

Stock ID: 98702