Oblong 4to; later half blue morocco with matching cloth sides; spine tooled in compartments, with gilt lettering to second and third compartments; new endpapers; pp. (viii) + 259; large folding map in colours, bound in; profusely illustrated with photographs from throughout the Scots Guards\' tour of duty in South Africa. Tear to upper blank margin of frontis. portrait, which has been subtly mounted; occasional minor spotting; short closed tear to reverse of folding map, which is a little foxed. An excellent copy of this uncommon work. Few books provide such a vivid record of the day-to-day experience of British soldiers during the Anglo-Boer War. (Hackett, p. 140; Mendelssohn I, p. 404) \"An illustrated record with calendar of events, Battalion roll and medal list.\" - Hackett: South African War Books - An Illustrated Bibliography. \"This illustrated record of the work of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards during the South African War is the outcome of an agreement amongst some of the officers made in July, 1900. So many of the officers carried cameras that it was decided that on the return of the battalion a collection of the photographs taken should be made, and a selection from them should be brought out in book form. Unluckily the pictures that are included do not show the more trying work of marching and outposts in wet weather, nor do they illustrate the fighting. Most of the photographs were, in fact, taken at our leisure, and on sunny days.\" - From the compiler\'s introduction.
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