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Bowker (John Mitford)


Published: Godlonton and Richards, Grahamstown, 1864

Edition: First Edition

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From important papers, of the late John Mitford Bowker, some years resident and diplomatic agent with certain Kafir and Fingo tribes

First edition: 275 pages, rebound in half red leather with matching cloth boards, titled gilt on the spine, marbled end papers, water stains on the fore-edge which do not affect the text, top edge gilt, a good copy.

Dictionary of South African Biography volume 3 page 95: 'Bowker saw service in the sixth Frontier War (1834-5) and was specially mentioned for his bravery. He was subsequently appointed government agent for the Fingo people settled in the neighbourhood of Fort Peddie and to other tribes living adjacent to the frontier. In 1839 he was removed from this office because his administrative methods met with official disapproval, and he was moreover an implacable critic of the Stockenström treaty system under which he operated. These papers give valuable insight into the mind of a white frontier farmer during a turbulent period of frontier history.'

There are 2 loosely inserted newspaper clippings which refer to the Bowker family.

  • Overall Condition: A Good Copy
  • Size: 8vo (220 x140mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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