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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   33 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
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
BUXTON (Earl) General Botha. 2nd Imp., xv+347pp., portrait frontis., 2 plates, 2 maps. Murray. 1924  #55789
[HLMainPic] Much on the creation of the Union of South Africa, the 1914 rebellion, the campaign in German South-West Africa 1914-15, the Union's contributuion to the War, &c. Authoritative biog. as Buxton was Governor-General of South Africa from 1914-1920. Orig. green cloth, gilt, sp. dull o/w VG, inscribed "From the Author March 1927." See illustration on our website.   £15
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
FERRAR (Major M.L.) With the Green Howards in South Africa 1899-1902. 1st Ed., [v]+199pp., portrait frontis., 20 photos., fldg. map. Eden, Fisher & Co. 1904  #61714
[HLMainPic] Records of the 1st Bn. Yorkshire Regiment in the Boer War, also detachments with the 2nd & 4th Bns. Mounted Infantry. Appendices include casualties, awards, officers' services (including QSA clasp entitlement) & several other rolls. Orig. green cloth, gilt, little rubbed & worn but VG & scarce. Inscribed on tp "Colour Serjeant F.C. Hatton from the Author 1904" & later small ownership label of Lieut. R.J.O. Witcher The Green Howards. [Note: Frederick Charles Hatton is listed in the nominal roll of NCOs as the holder of the QSA with three clasps & wounded at Driefontein. He was commissioned in the Green Howards & KiA at Ypres in 1914 & is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial. Robert John Onslow Witcher served with the regiment 1953-68.) See illustration on our website.   £145
FRENCH (Maj. Hon. Gerald, DSO) Lord Chelmsford & the Zulu War. 1st Ed., xviii+436pp., 8 illus., 7 maps & plans. Bodley Head. 1939  #54723
[HLMainPic] Full account of Zulu War inc. Isandhlwana, Rorke's Drift, Ulundi &c. Orig. cloth, gilt, lacks ffep o/w VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £65
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

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