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Olive Schreiner

An English South African's View of the Situation. Words in Season.

Published: Hodder & Stoughton, London, [1899]

Edition: First edition

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Hardcover in original decorated paper boards with a portrait of Kruger and the Volksraad building in Pretoria on the front board.

There is some paper loss on the spine exposing the netting with some general shelf wear along the edges. The contents remain bright and clean and the binding is still tight. Neat former owner's name on front end paper dated July, 1899. A scarce title.

From Mendelssohn, Volume II, page 281:

The author observes, "Our Dutch fellow South Africans are a strange folk. Virile, resolute, passionate with a passion hid far below the surface, they are at once the gentlest and the most determined of peoples...Under the roughest exterior of the up-country Boer lies a nature strangely sensitive and conscious of a personal dignity -- a people who never forget a kindness and does not easily forget a wrong." The pamphlet is intensely sympathetic in tone to the Government and people of the Transvaal, and deeply deprecates the possibility of a war in South Africa, the author remarking, "There are men who do not know they love a Dutchman, but the first three hundred that fall, they will know it...There are hundreds of us, men and women who have loved England; we would have given our lives for her; but rather than strike one South African man fighting for freedom, we would take this right hand and hold it in the fire till nothing was left of it but a charred and blackened bone." President Paul Kruger is appealed to in the following words: "Great old man, first but not last of South Africa's great line of rulers, you have shown us you could fight for freedom; show us you can win peace," while the Dutch South Africans are exhorted to "Be strong, be fearless, be patient... wait a little, all will come right." 

  • Binding Condition: Good
  • Overall Condition: Good
  • Size: Small 8vo.
  • Sold By: Rare Paper
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