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21 Nov 2019 16:30 GMT

John Nixon

The Complete Story of the Transvaal, from the "Great Trek" to the Convention of London. - INSCRIBED by the author (1885)

With Appendix Comprising Ministerial Declarations of Policy and Official Documents.

Published: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, London, 1885

Edition: First Edition

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Inscribed by author at the top of the half title page "With the author's best wishes".

Binding tight although front hinge starting. Publisher's olive green cloth with gilt embossed titles. A small section of the cloth has pulled away from the middle of the front board causing a slight "bubble" effect. Some rubbing to the spine ends. Contents clean. xx + 372pp + 32pp (adverts).

'The introductory chapters deal with the early history of the Cape, and the policy of the British Government in South Africa. Mr. Nixon was in Pretoria during the siege (1880-81), and he gives a vivid account of the reception of the news of the British Government's decision to abandon the Transvaal. He speaks indignantly and bitterly of the grief and distress of the British inhabitants, and remarks, "I saw men crying like children with shame and despair. Some went raving up and down that they were Englishmen no longer; others...declared against treachery which has misled them into a useless I recall to mind the weeping men and women, the infuriated volunteers, and the despairing farmers and storekeepers, half crazy with the sense of wounded national honour, and the prospect of loss and ruin before them, my blood boils within me..."' - Mendelssohn Vol.II, page 105.

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