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Blake (Col. J.Y.F.)

A WEST POINTER WITH THE BOERS

Published: Angel Guardian Press, Boston, 1903

Edition: First edition

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First edition: 411 pages, 8vo (210 x 150 mm), frontispiece portrait, many illustrations, blue cloth with a photograph of Blake mounted on a horse laid on upper cover, starting to wear at the front hinge, corners slightly bumped, uncut fore edge and bottom edge, a good copy.

Many of the Irish Brigade were, like the author of this memoir, Irish Americans who were both anti-English and anti-Imperial. Blake's memoir covers the first part of the war in Natal and the subsequent guerrilla phase in the Transvaal. His account is, despite its extremism, one of the best written by a foreign volunteer serving with the Boers. Blake was, like De Villebois-Mareuil, a frustrated idealist who was in conflict with the temper of his age. He died in a hotel room in New York in 1907 and is thought by many to have committed suicide.

  • Overall Condition: A good copy
  • Size: 8vo 9210 x150mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Paul Mills
  • Country: South Africa
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