Title: With the Boers in the Transvaal and Orange ...
Publisher: W H Allen & Co.
Publication Date: 1882
Book Condition: Good
First edition. pp xvi, 387, 48 pp Publisher's catalogue dated November 1881, folding map, original brown decorative embossed cloth, mottled, discoloured and faded. Very well preserved large folding colour Military Map of the Transvaal in purpose-made pocket at rear. Ownership signature of Clarke of the 1st Batalion of the Welch Regiment on the front free endpaper and of Steven J. Taylor on the half-title. The 1st Battalion Welch Regiment was dispatched to South Africa in November 1899 for the Second Boer War: it was engaged in Battle of Paardeberg in February 1900, where they suffered heavy losses, and again at the Battle of Driefontein in March 1900.(Mendelssohn II, p. 98-9 [1st edition]; SABIB 3, p. 538) \'An account of the Boer War of 1880-1, together with some preliminary chapters referring to the history of the South African Colonies and Republics up to this period. The author expresses the hope that the publication of the volume will conduce \"to the development of a more liberal feeling towards our future colonists, the Boers - the early pioneers of civlisation, colonisation, and European domination in South Africa.\" He considered that the causes of the war were due partially \"to the peculiarities and untractableness of the Boers themselves; but, principally, to the undoubted mismanagement and willful blindness of the Imperial authorities both at home and out here, as evidenced by the various and contradictory policies pursued by successive governors.\' - Mendelssohn.