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Blackburn, Douglas, and W Waithman Caddell

Secret Service in South Africa (1911)

Published: Cassell, London , 1911

Edition: First

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This is an excellent copy of a book intended to mark "the opening of a new chapter in in the history of South Africa . . . with a valedictory review of some of the less-known events and conditions of the Old Regime before they have become indistinct and hazy, and possibly perverted in the re-telling".

Its chapters cover the early secret service in the Cape Colony, secret service pioneers, the illicit liquor trade and both illicit gold and illicit diamond buying, gun-running and the Boer secret service under Dr Leyds.

The red-brown cloth-boards, gilt to the front and the spine, are bumped at the extremities. The binding remains tight. The top edge is gilt and the other edges are rough-cut. The unfoxed and otherwise unmarked endpapers have a neat owner signature on the front free leaf. xi + 380 pp of text and index. No illustrations.

  • Binding Condition: Good+
  • Overall Condition: Very Good
  • Size: 220 x 150 x 45
  • Sold By: Fontein Books
  • Contact Person: Richard Proctor-Sims
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 051 773 0050/048 079 546 4032
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