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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   20 Books
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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
Reports on the Raising, Organising, Equipping & Despatching The City Imperial Volunteers to South Africa. Published by Order of the Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor (Sir Alfred J. Newton, Bart.). v+80pp., 2 plans (Guildhall Yard). Blades, East & Blades, Printers. 1900/1902  #62475
[HLMainPic] Consists of detailed reports on the raising of the C.I.V. in 1900 including several rolls of those involved on the various committees established at the time (Finance, Transport, Clothing & Equipment, &c.) & of the volunteers for the unit, all ranks, noting their parent regiment, &c., plus supplementary drafts. These four parts were prepared in 1900 (but here published for the first time) & are followed by an Appendix compiled in 1902 consisting of further rolls & details, those mentioned in despatches & otherwise honoured, &c. Near fine copy of the superior edition for presentation to those involved in the raising of the C.I.V., this example with armorial bookplate of the Major - Sir Alfred Newton - under whose auspices the unit was raised, with tipped-in letter, initialed by him, stating: "This Book is for Muriel Prudhoe Newton [i.e., his Lady Mayoress] who well & worthily played her part at the Mansion House during the C.I.V. year. Several batches of men were 'sworn in' by her. She was acting Hon. Secy. of the Ladies' Committee & visited many of the men's families to whom assistance was afforded when necessary. A.J.N. 1904." See Hackett p.31 for illustration of an edition similar to this, although that illustrated does not bear the complete title & the copy he describes does not contain the Appendix, being listed as v+61pp. only. The standard edition was bound in ochre cloth, & both are rare. Full dark blue morocco over beveled boards, front, back & sp. blocked in gilt & blind, title to front, most attractive marbled endpapers with gilt dec. from the morocco binding extending over the internal edges. Extremities little rubbed o/w near fine & an exceptionally interesting example. See illustrations on our website.   £375
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
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
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
GUEST (Herbert Melville) Boer War Episodes. [Comprising:] Vicissitudes of a Transvaal Dorp [bound with:] With Lord Methuen and the First Division [and:] Incidents in the Western Transvaal. Combined Ed. of three works from the original sheets, 2nd, 4th & 1st Eds., [iii]+48+127+64pp., portrait frontis., 10 photo. plates. Klerksdorp, SA: Herman Guest. 1939  #62429
[HLMainPic] Herbert Melville Guest was a Printer & Publisher at Klerksdorp, Transvaal, Proprietor of "The Mining Record" & during the Boer War a member of the Klerksdorp Town Guard. He published these three personal records between 1901-1902 (one or possibly more edition each of the first & third parts, four editions of the second part, but all doubtless in small numbers, issued in printed wraps. not present in this version). His son issued this combined edition, from the "few copies now available" of the original sheets in 1939. He states that "The value of the volume lies in the fact that it was written & produced when Klerksdorp was practically in a state of siege. The inhabitants were unable to proceed a mile in any direction from the market square, & the one railway line, although closely guarded, was frequently disturbed by the Boers." The first part, derived from diaries kept by residents, &c., details the first British occupation, & then the Boer occupation, together with a roll (& obituaries of those who fell in action) of the Town Guard. The second part gives an account of Methuen's First Division (including reproductions of official despatches) during the actions of Belmont, Graspan, Modder River, Magersfontein &c. The third records life in Klerksdorp under Boer occupation & later events on the veldt. Orig. red cloth, titled in black to front & sp., little stained & a little shaken, generally VG & these works scarce in any form. See illustrations on our website.   £225
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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