Savrola: A Tale of the Revolution in Laurania.

First British edition of Churchill's only full-length work of fiction: Savrola: A Tale of the Revolution in Laurania; bound in full morocco by Bayntun Riviere

Savrola: A Tale of the Revolution in Laurania.

CHURCHILL, Winston S.

$1,500.00

Item Number: 115248

London: Longmans, Green and Co, 1900.

First British edition of Churchill’s singular attempt at full-length fiction, one of only 1,500 copies. Octavo, bound in full morocco by Bayntun Riviere, gilt titles and ruled to the spine, Churchill’s signature blocked in gilt on the front panel, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, raised bands, marbled endpapers, inner dentelles, all edges gilt. In fine condition.

Churchill's only major work of fiction, Savrola: A Tale of the Revolution in Laurania describes events in the capital of Laurania, a fictional European state, as unrest against the dictatorial government of president Antonio Molara turns to violent revolution. Savrola is in many respects a traditional example of the "Ruritanian" genre, being published just four years after Anthony Hope's classic adventure novel, The Prisoner of Zenda. The politics and institutions of Laurania reflect the values of England as Churchill experienced them; he began work on the novel on his voyage from England to India to take part in the Malakand campaign in August 1897.

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