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Five Years in Kaffirland;
London, Henry Colburn, , 1848. with Sketches of the Late War in that Country, to the Conclusion of Peace. Written on the Spot. 2 volumes, octavo (206 × 127 mm). Original red embossed cloth, title gilt to spines. Lithographed frontispiece to Volume I, wood-engraved frontispiece t Volume II, full-page map. Frontispieces and title pages slightly foxed, light browning else, cloth a little rubbed, both volumes neatly rebacked with the original spines laid down. First edition. "An account of the 'War of the Axe' written by the wife of an officer with the 91st Regiment" (Mendelssohn). The Wards travelled out on the Abercrombie Robinson, surviving her wreck in Algoa Bay as memorialized by William McGonagall: "But thank God they were all saved and brought to land,/ All through Colonel Bertie Gordon, who wisely did command/ The 91st to see to the women and children's safety,/ An order which they obeyed right manfully..." In his History of South Africa Theal remarks of this book that "The leading events of that war are faithfully described, and a correct view is given of the occurrences that led to it... Much sympathy is displayed for the suffering colonists, though as to the ill-feeling between the Burghers and the soldiers the part of the latter is decidedly taken." A far from common title and here in very good state. Ownership inscriptions to the front free endpapers of Alfred Dolman, whose diaries of his trip to meet Livingstone were published in 1924 under the title In the Footsteps of Livingstone. Dolman was murdered and eaten by his bearers, what remained of him and his servant being buried at Livingstone's station at Kolobeng.
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