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P. J. Sampson

The Capture of De Wet - The South African Rebellion of 1914 (first edition 1915)

Published: Edward Arnold, London, 1915

Edition: First Edition

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This book chronicles the events that led up to the Rebellion that broke out in South Africa in 1914 and which led to the eventual capture of General Christiaan De Wet, the famous Boer War general and leader of the rebels. Years earlier, with the conclusion of the Anglo-Boer War (1899 - 1902), all Boer prisoners of war had to swear allegiance to the British crown if they wished to ever return to South Africa and their families. This the majority of them did, albeit begrudgingly. With the outbreak of the WWI, a decade later, many veterans were extremely dissatisfied with the government, now led by Generals Jan Smuts and Louis Botha, when they were called to arms for a planned invasion of German South-West Africa. Most of the veterans felt that this move was contrary to the great debt of gratitude owed to the Germans who strongly supported the Boer cause during the Anglo-Boer War. General De Wet, perhaps the most famous Boer leader, refused to take up arms against one of their greatest allies during their fight for freedom and rebelled against the SA Government. 

Publisher's mustard cloth binding with titles in black. 274pp. The binding is square and solid, with minor bumping to the bottom corners. There is a contemporary owner's bookplate on the front end-paper. Text is clean and unmarked. All listed plates are present.

A very good copy.

  • Binding Condition: Very Good
  • Overall Condition: Very Good
  • Size: 8vo.
  • Sold By: Rare Paper
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