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Basil Le Cordeur; Christopher Saunders

The war of the axe 1847

correspondence between the Governor of the Cape Colony, Sir Henry Pottinger, and the commander of the British forces at the Cape, Sir George Berkeley, and others

Published: Brenhurst Press, Johannesburg, 1981

Edition: First

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'In 1846, a man was caught stealing an axe in Fort Beaufort, a small eastern-frontier town of Britain's Cape Colony. The group escorting the thief was attacked by a party of Xhosa who killed a guard and released the prisoner. This incident sparked off hostilities which became known as the War of the Axe, or the Seventh Frontier War.'

287 pages. Bookplate of the first owner. Condition: book is near fine; jacket is very good.

  • Overall Condition: Fine
  • Size: 270 x 274 x30mm
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