Dickson, W. K.-L.

The Biograph in Battle. Its Story in the South African War

Published: T. Fisher Unwin, London, 1901, 2nd impression

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8vo; original pictorial green cloth; tinted top edge; pp. xix + (i) + 296 + adverts.; frontis. portrait; liberally illustrated, from photographs and sketches by the author, including a folding panorama and several plates. Spine slightly darkened and extremities a little rubbed; new endpapers; occasional trace of fingering; short, closed tears to fore-edge of two leaves. Very good condition. (Hackett, pp. 101, 142; Mendelssohn I, p. 469) "Observations of a film pioneer in South Africa. Dickson joined General Buller's army in Natal and witnessed events at Colenso, Spion Kop and the entry of Ladysmith. He later joined Lord Roberts force in the western advance filming the annexation ceremony at Bloemfontein and the hoisting of the British flag at Pretoria." - Hackett: South African War Books, p. 101. 'Mr. Dickson was the first man to reproduce actual battles by the biograph in the South African War. He obtained some unique privileges and permits from the military authorities, "so that he saw and heard things which probably came within the ken of no other civilian ... he was able to get photographs of things which never before came into the eye of the camera."' - Mendelssohn.
  • Sold By: Christison Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Lindsay Christison
  • Country: South Africa
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