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Africa The scramble for Africa and British colonial campaigns including the Boer War, East and West Africa, Egypt and the Sudan   25 Books
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The C.I.V. & the War in South Africa, 1900: The City Press Illustrated Souvenir of the City of London Imperial Volunteers. [Number Two]. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., [48]pp., photos. throughout. The City Press. Contemp.  #60250
[HLMainPic] A further selection of portraits, photos., nominal rolls &c. VG, See illustrations on our website.   £120
The Old Cheltonian South African War Memorials. 1st Ed., 83pp., 4to, frontis., several photos. Cheltenham: Norman, Sawyer & Co. 1904  #56159
[HLMainPic] A record of the Memorial Cross, Reredos & Kneeling Desk at Cheltenham College ercetd in memory of Cheltonians who fell in the Boer War. Includes a roll, with brief details, of 51 who were killed in action or died of wounds or disease during the conflict. Orig. white cloth, gilt to front, with green cloth backstrip, some staining to rear cover o/w VG throughout & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £145
Official History of the Operations in Somaliland 1901-04. General Staff, War Office. 1st Ed., 2 Vols., 635pp. in all, 50 of 51 plates & sketches (many being fldg. sketch maps of operations & defenses, two of telegraph communications), 2 fldg. maps in end-pocket of Vol. I + several sketch maps illustrative of the expedition in the text. HMSO. 1907  #62014
[HLMainPic] Detailed, well illustrated & mapped account of the four expeditions against the 'Mad Mullah' in 1901, 1902, 1902-03 & 1903-04 contained in Volume I. Volume II containing a full account of the Organization of Commands & Staff, Services & Departments, &c. 2000 Copies printed but remarkably scarce. Note: Vol. I rather worn but generally VG & complete; Vol. II sp. partially split & one fldg. diagram lacking (Plan of Somali & Field Force Telegraphs in Jan. 1901). Orig. red cloth, gilt, as described above. See illustration on our website.   £295
BLENNERHASSETT (Rose) & SLEEMAN (Lucy) Adventures in Mashonaland By Two Hospital Nurses. New Ed., xii+340pp. Macmillan & Co. 1893  #60207
[HLMainPic] Macmillan's Colonial Library Edition, orig. green cloth, gilt, little rubbed/worn, sound. See illustration on our website   £25
COX (The Rev. Sir George W., Bart., MA) The Life of John William Colenso, D.D., Bishop of Natal. 1st Ed., 2 Vols., xvi+708pp., portrait frontis. & vii+723pp., portrait frontis. Ridgway. 1888  #60171
[HLMainPic] Colenso was an important force in South Africa in the middle part of the 19th Century. He was much involved with missionary work among the Zulus & a defender of Ceteywayo. "These volumes attempt to vindicate Colenso's theological beliefs & his actions during the 1879 Anglo-Zulu War" - Raugh. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, somewhat rubbed, VG ex-Alexandra College with the institution's bookplates but no external markings. See illustration on our website.   £75
DU VAL (Charles, late of the Carbineers, &c.) With A Show through Southern Africa, & Personal Reminiscences of the Transvaal War. 1st Ed., 2 Vols. bound together, vii+290pp. & 230pp., portrait frontis., engraved plates & text sketches. Tinsley Bros. 1882  #54727
[HLMainPic] Travels in South Africa (particularly the Diamond Fields, & service in the first Anglo-Boer War (subtitle states: "Late of the Carbineers, Attach‚ to the Staff of Garrison Commandant, & Editor of the 'News of the Camp' During the Investment of Pretoria.") Orig. dec. red publisher's cloth, gilt & black, some light staining to sp., generally VG. See illustration on our website.   £145
FULLER (Maj.-Gen. J.F.C., CB, CBE, DSO) The Last of the Gentlemen's Wars: A Subaltern's Journal of the War in South Africa 1899-1902. 1st Ed., 304pp., portrait frontis., 16 illus., 4 maps. Faber & Faber. 1937  #61782
[HLMainPic] Personal experiences with the 43rd L.I. at Modder River, Relief of Kimberley &c. Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
GLOVER (Lady) Life of Sir John Hawley Glover, R.N., G.C.M.G. Edited by Rt. Hon. Sir Richard Temple, Bart, GCSI. 1st Ed., xlii+329pp., portrait frontis., plate, 3 fldg. maps. Smith, Elder. 1897  #46583
[HLMainPic] Naval career inc. service in Burma 1851-53 (second Burma War; commanding paddle boats on the Irrawaddy, fighting at Pegu &c., wounded). After service in the Baltic 1854-55 became much involved in surveys of the West African coast, settlement of Lagos, expeditions into the interior, &c., & became more of a colonial administrator than naval officer. In Ashanti war 1873-74 he organised & commanded a Hausa force which took part in the relief of Kumasi &c. According to the author's Preface "There was a strong feeling at the Colonial Office... that he should write a history of his share in the Ashanti campaign of 1874... He proceeded to collect his papers & despatches with the view of writing the book... & had finished writing the introductory chapter" when apparently a new appointment (Governor of Newfoundland) & pressure of work thereafter precluded completion. His wife completed his work with the assistance of Sir Richard Temple & several senior military officers who had been involved in Ashanti &c. Orig. maroon cloth, gilt, VG but for some sl. marking to boards, & rare. See illustration on our website.   £100
HARFORD-BATTERSBY (Charles F., MA, MD) Pilkington of Uganda. 2nd Ed. (corrected), xvi+346+vpp., portrait frontis., one other, 2 fldg. maps, sketch map in text. Marshall Bros. [1898].  #54638
[HLMainPic] Missionary work in Uganda during 1890s, inc. various disturbances such as the Unyoro Campaign. Orig. dec. green cloth, little rubbed/worn, VG. See illustration on our website.   £20
INDER (W.S.) On Active Service with the S.J.A.B. South African War, 1899-1902. A Diary of Events in the War Hospitals at Wynberg, Nourse Deep, Johannesburg, & other places, by the late W.S. Inder, Orderly, & 2nd Class Supernumary Officer, Kendal Division, No. 4 District, St. John Ambulance Brigade, attached to the Royal Army Medical Corps. 1st Ed., ix+321pp., portrait frontis., 24 photos. Kendal: Atkinson & Pollitt. 1903  #48166
[HLMainPic] Detailed diary Nov. 1899-Dec. 1901 of a St. John's Ambulance worker attached to the RAMC; died of pneumonia, Jan. 1902. Orig. green cloth, gilt dec sp., paper onlay (red cross) to front, little marked, generally VG & rare. See illustration on our website   £145

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