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.

Churchill’s 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
  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 three quarter green morocco over matching cloth, spine with titles and 'lions rampant' tooled in gilt, raised bands, top edge gilt.   Condition: Near fine, in find binding   Ref: 109209   Price: HK$ 6,800