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Lucas (Thomas J.)


Published: Day & Son, London, No date (1861)

Edition: First edition

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By Captain Thomas J. Lucas, Cape Mounted Rifles.

Illustrated with Twenty-one Beautiful Colour-tinted Lithographs.

First edition:35 pages of letterpress,tinted lithographic frontispiece, additional lithographic title page and 19 lithographic plates, rebound in red cloth with the original covers and backstrip laid down, covers blind stamped and titled with gilt vignette on the upper cover and spine, which is very faded and worn,  a good copy.

Mendelssohn (Sidney) South African Bibliography volume 1 page 932: The author deprecates any serious criticism of the letterpress of this volume, the memoranda for which, it is remarked, were put together during a long and severe illness, and were compiled merely to " set off the pattern of the plates." The Kaffirs are described as being well made and tall men, but their method of fighting is said to consist of " skulking behind stones and bushes," and they are stated to be incorrigible beggars, liars, and thieves ; there is a chapter on the Fingos, our allies in the war, who are spoken of as " inferior as an animal to the Kaffir." The illustrations are extremely humorous, one of them depicting " the Cape Town Levy," which is described in the letterpress as being composed of " rascals of all sorts."


  • Overall Condition: A very good copy
  • Size: 4to (300 x210mm)
  • Name: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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  • Country: South Africa
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