11 volumes.: illustrations, portraits, maps. Maroon skivertex with gilding.
Contents: Vol. 1. Ethnography and condition of South Africa before A.D. 1505. Vol. 2. The Portuguese in South Africa from 1505 to 1795. Vol. 3. Foundation of the Cape Colony by the Dutch. Vol. 4. The Cape Colony to 1795. The Koranas, Bantu & Portuguese in South Africa to 1800. Vol. 5. The Cape Colony from 1795 to 1828. The Zulu wars of devastation and the formation of new Bantu communities. Vol. 6. The Cape Colony from 1828 to 1846. Natal from 1824 to 1845 and proceedings of the emigrant farmers from 1836 to 1847. Vol. 7. The Cape Colony from 1846 to 1860. Natal from 1845 to 1857. British Kaffraria from 1847 to 1860. The Orange River Sovereignty & the Transvaal Republic 1847 to 1858. Vol. 8. The Cape Colony from 1860 to 1872. Natal from 1857-1872. Orange Free State from 1859 to 1871. S.A. Republic from 1858 to 1870. Vol. 9. The South African Republic from 1870 to 1872. Synoptical index. Vol. 10. Events in the Cape Colony from 1873 to 1877. Vol. 11. Twelve eventful years from 1873 to 1884.
Theal (1837-1919) was born in New Brunswick, Canada and disembarked in Cape Town whilst en route to Australia in 1861 (although he went to England, Europe and Canada in later years, he never made it to Australia!). He became an historian via journalism, which he began practising whilst in King William's Town. He later taught and worked at the press in Lovedale. In his work he drew initially on oral material and later on archival sources located in magisterial and government offices. He was given the honorary title of Colonial Historiographer in 1891 and worked on various histories until 10 minutes before his death (according to his friend, George Cory). See Christopher Saunders, THE MAKING OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN PAST.
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