London to Ladysmith via Pretoria - Sir Winston Spencer Churchill 1900 - Longmans, London - First Edition Ever in search of adventure, Churchill in 1899 attached himself to the 21st Lancers and followed the flag to South Africa. There, a rebellion against British authority had broken out among the Boer settlers of the Transvaal and Orange Free State, and a Boer Republic had been proclaimed.

Churchill secured an assignment as press correspondent to The Morning Post, but he had scarcely arrived before he was involved in a skirmish which found him "in durance vile": a prisoner of war in Pretoria, unable to talk himself out of prison by claiming to be a reporter, and nearly mad over the lack of action. Typically, he made a daring escape, travelling overland toward Lorenço Marques, Portuguese East Africa (now Maputo, Mozambique), hiding by day and moving by night. The true-life adventure story of his successful escapade dominates this book, one of the most gripping in the canon, making this one of his most popular works. -
Richard Langworth
  Illustrated with a folding colour map, three further maps and four plans.

References: Cohen,
Bibliography of the Writings of Sir Winston Churchill A4.1a. Langworth, A Connoisseur’s Guide to the Books of Sir Winston Churchill 53.

pp. [2] xiv 498 [2 publisher’s advertisements] 32 publisher’s catalogue [2].
  Finely bound in recent dark blue half morocco over matching cloth, spine with titles and 'lions rampant' tooled in gilt, raised bands, top edge gilt.   Condition: Near fine, faint foxing to prelims, in fine binding.   Ref: 107301   Price: HK$ 6,500