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Auction #113 begins on 29 Feb 2024

Zulu War:


January – December 1879

Published: Illustrated London News Office, London, 1879

Edition: First Edition

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2 volumes 620 + 612 pages and the Christmas Number for 1879 which contains some fine chromolithographic plates of seasonal scenes, folio (405 x 300 mm), profusely illustrated throughout with wood-engravings in the text and numerous full-page and 12 fine fold-out panoramas, volume I bound in contemporary black leather and volume, II recently bound in matching black leather both with matching black cloth sides, title gilt on the spines, a very good set.

 All the main battles of the Anglo Zulu War are covered in detail, together with relevant illustrations.

 Index to the engravings from January to June 1879 - Vol LXXIV on pages iii -iv of the first volume.

Index to the engravings from July to December 1879 - Vol LXXV on pages iii -iv of the second volume.

 The Illustrated London News appeared on Saturday 14 May 1842, as the world's first illustrated weekly news magazine. Founded by Herbert Ingram, it appeared weekly until 1971, then less frequently thereafter and ceased publication in 2003.

 The Anglo-Zulu War was fought in 1879 between the British Empire and the Zulu Kingdom. Following the British North America Act of 1867 for the federation in Canada, by Lord Carnarvon, it was thought that similar political effort, coupled with military campaigns, might succeed with the African Kingdoms, tribal areas and Boer republics in South Africa. In 1874, Sir Bartle Frere was sent to South Africa as High Commissioner for the British Empire to effect such plans. Among the obstacles were the armed independent states of the South African Republic and the Kingdom of Zululand.

 Frere, on his own initiative, sent a deliberately provocative, untenable ultimatum on 11 December 1878 to the Zulu king Cetshwayo, and upon its rejection sent Lord Chelmsford to invade Zululand.

The war is notable for several particularly bloody battles, including an opening victory of the Zulu at the Battle of Isandlwana, followed by the successful defence of Rorke's Drift by a small British force from attack by a large Zulu force. The British eventually won the war, ending the Zulu nation's dominance of the region.

  • Overall Condition: Very good
  • Size: Folio (405 x 300 mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Paul Mills
  • Country: South Africa
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