Edited by Col. F. Rhodes, DSO.
Illustrated by Angus McNeill, Seaforth Highlanders.
In Two volumes. Second impression
First edition Second Impression: Volume 1: 462 pages, unopened after the title page + 32 pages publisher’s catalogue, frontispiece portraits in both volumes; volume 2: 499 pages, 20 folding colour maps, numerous plans, illustrations and portraits, uncut edges, light foxing throughout, original dark blue cloth covers with gilt vignettes on the upper covers and spines, titled gilt on the covers and spines, a good set.
Cohen (Ronald J.) Bibliography of the writings of Sir Winston Churchill pages 42 - 43: A2 1C: First edition second printing (1900). As the first printing except in the following respects; On the title page the words Second Impression are added after volume 1 and 1900 replaces 1899. There is also a boxed advert on page ii – ‘By the same author’. Printing appears to have taken place on 20 January 1900. In this period the royalties paid to Churchill were 100 Pounds, 19 Shillings and 8 Pence. The publisher’s financial position improved considerably during this period.
Woods (Frederick) A Bibliography of the works of of Sir Winston Churchill page 20: The second impression of 500 copies was printed 2 month after publication.
The River War is a history of the British imperial involvement in the Sudan, and the Mahdist War between the British forces, led by Lord Kitchener, and the Dervish forces, led by Khalifa Abdallahi ibn Muhammad, heir to the self-proclaimed Mahdi Muhammad Ahmad who had embarked on a campaign to conquer Egypt, to drive out the Ottomans. The River War was Churchill's second published book after The Story of the Malakand Field Force
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