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Harding, Col. Colin, C.M.G., F.R.G.S



Published: Hurst And Blackett, Limited, London, 1904

Edition: 1st Edition

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1st Edition, 1904, Hurst And Blackett, Limited, London. H/C no DJ. Octavo, 225 x 155 mm, pp xv, 413. Original green cloth with printed cameo with head dress vignette in black on front cover, and gilt titling on spine. Illustrated with frontispiece portrait, 11 photographic plates, numerous photographs in text, folding map at rear. Publishers ads at rear announcing among other things Sven Hedin's 'Adventures in Tibet.'

From The spectator 1st  June 1933 on the [publication of Harding’s autobiography: “Forty years ago young men of good family but small means went in large numbers to Rhodesia, then newly opened to settlement. Lieutenant-Colonel Colin Harding was one of them, and in his frank and spirited autobiography, Far Bugles (Simpkin Marshall, 7s. 6d.) he describes how for two years he earned a precarious living as a bricklayer, miner or solicitor's clerk before some mining speculations turned out well. In 1896 he was engaged in suppressing the rebellion in Mashonaland, and later became an administrator in Barotse-land. "He escorted the late King Lewanika to England in 1902 and describes amusingly the little difficulties that con- front the official guide of a self-willed native potentate. He left Barotseland apparently became the Chartered Company thought him too conciliatory to the natives. Colonel Harding was then appointed to Northern Nigeria, which he found to be far more restful than Rhodesia. He served in the War in France, till he was invalided out after the Somme, and then went back to West Africa—this time to the Gold Coast, of whose people he has a high opinion. Colonel Harding writes simply and unaffectedly of his varied experiences, and describes particularly well his encounter with a lion who mauled him and left him for dead. His story is typical rather than exceptional. For that reason his book will be widely read.“

Condition:  Ex-library copy with residue to front endpapers and stamps intermittently throughout. The cloth is worn on the spine tips and corners; the contents are bright. Good.

  • Binding Condition: Good
  • Overall Condition: Good
  • Size: 225 x 155 mm
  • Sold By: The Smokey Owl
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  • Country: South Africa
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