The writer was Australian - the Melbourne Argus war correspondent in South Africa. He writes: "I have attempted no specialist's description of the siege and battles of Ladysmith, but have given just an every-day impression and sensations of an observer to whom war, with all its thrilling incidents and vivid colour, was a new and strange experience. It is not so much a history of the siege as a story of the siege written while the events were fresh in the mind."
Compared with most other available copies our copy is in excellent condition - bright colour covers with only the slightest rubbing to the corners and spine extremities; tight binding; perfect plain black endpapers; no owner or other markings; all illustrations present and perfect; and foxing mainly limited to the frontispiece tissue guard (with offset to the title page) and the endpaper versos, with occasional spotting elsewhere, including the page edges.
Blue cloth-boards with black, red, white and blue design plus gilt-embossed lettering to the upper panel and spine; 303 pp of text + frontispiece and 7 other inserted plates on art paper + 16 pp of publisher's announcements (attractively presented and including an illustrated edition of Scott's Waverley novels and the Minerva travel library).
- Binding Condition: Very Good
- Overall Condition: Very Good
- Size: 200 x 140
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