Cronwright Schreiner (S.C.)

THE LAND OF FREE SPEECH (Presentation copy)

Record of a campaign on behalf of peace in England and Scotland in 1900

Published: The New Age Press, London, 1906

Edition: First Edition

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First edition: 456 pages + [1] - appendix musical score - Soldiers of the Queen, frontispiece portrait, numerous other portraits, foxing on the uncut fore-edge and bottom edges, presentation inscription from the author on the front free endpaper, ownership stamps on the front and back paste-down endpapers and title page, blue cloth titled gilt on the upper cover and spine, a very good copy. 

The inscription reads, 'In cordial appreciation. To S.A. Andrew from S.Cron Cronwright. Strand, C.P. 2nd Dec. 1933. Mr Andrew translated The Story of An African Farm into "Esperanto." S.C.C.' 

During the South African War, of which both Schreiner and Cronwright-Schreiner were very outspoken critics, Cronwright-Schreiner spent six months in England in 1900 campaigning against British military action. He embarked on an extensive lecture tour organised in part by the so-called ‘pro-Boer’ movement, but on a number of occasions his speeches were disrupted by ‘jingo mobs’ that not only heckled him, but also on occasion violently attacked him. Some commentators have speculated that, "t seems likely that Cronwright’s experiences in 1900 - and they must have tortured his nerves - had permanently altered his personality" (Buchanan-Gould 1949: 195). It was also on this visit to England that Cronwright-Schreiner came to know many of Schreiner’s British friends from the 1880s, including Dr and Mrs Philpot. (https://www.oliveschreiner.org/vre?view=personae&entry=14)  

  • Overall Condition: A very good copy
  • Size: 8vo (200 x 140 mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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  • Country: South Africa
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