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30 May 2019 16:30 GMT

A. Boggie

From Ox-Waggon to Railway; being a brief History of Rhodesia and the Matabele Nation - (a very early Rhodesian printing 1897)

Published: "Times" Printing Works, Bulawayo, 1897

Edition: First Edition

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A 42 page pamphlet in later hardcover binding, presumably to protect it from continuous shelving.

Early Rhodesian printings are rare and Alex Boggie's pamphlet is no exception.

Surprisingly, this Rhodesian pamphlet is described in volume 1 of Mendelssohn, page 147:

'This brief sketch of Rhodesia was written to afford information to visitors at the opening of the Bulawayo Railway. There is an interesting sketch of Lobengula and the Matabele tribe, with many details respecting the difficulties encountered by early pioneers. The historical portion of the pamphlet traces the rise of the Matabele power from the days of Moselekatze to the death of Lobengula, and the occupation of Matabeleland, and describes the events which occurred in the "black year" of 1896. The references to the gold-mining and other possibilities of the country are of a somewhat sanguine nature, and the writer was evidently an enthusiastic believer in the future of Rhodesia.'

  • Binding Condition: Very Good
  • Overall Condition: Very Good
  • Size: 22 x 14cm
  • Sold By: Rare Paper
  • Contact Person: Armandt Marais
  • Country: South Africa
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