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Drayson (Major-Gen A.W.)

THE WHITE CHIEF OF THE CAFFRES (1887 - Scarce First Edition )

Published: George Routledge and Sons, London, 1887

Edition: First

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315pp + 6pp. Cloth rebind with gilt leather label to spine. Numerous woodcuts.

Owners name fountain-inked to pre-title page. Occasional light stains to certain pages. A very good tight rebind of this extremely scarce title.

Major-General Alfred W. Drayson, author of "Sporting Scenes Amongst the Kaffirs of South Africa".

A young boy, Julius Peterson, was shipwrecked on the south-east coast of Africa near the Umzimvubu river south of Natal which flows through the region later occupied by the Griquas. Drayson and other shipwrecked white people encountered the Caffres (Pondo or Amapondo natives - an off-shoot of the Zulus to the north).

As a young 10 year old boy he survived a Caffre attack shortly after the ship wreck in which all the other men were killed, and he was allowed to live and be brought up as a member of their tribe. Intriguing account of survival, bravery, becoming a chief, hunting all the wild game of Africa, fighting Zulus, being captured, narrow escapes, encounters with Bushmen and Boers. The "opera glasses" which brought things near and the gun which dispersed the Bushmen brought the young Drayson great esteem among the Pondo people long before the first whites settled what was later to become East Griqualand.

Although a story, Drayson's book parallels what actually did happen in that region in the 1700s - with whites shipwrecked on the coast at Umzimvubu being taken into the local Amapondo tribe and coloured children resulting from the union of white women and their native captors. The book gives an excellent account of the region and how the harbour at Durban looked before being settled by the white man.

  • Binding Condition: Very good
  • Overall Condition: Very good
  • Size: 193mm x 135mm x 32mm
  • Sold By: Booktown Africana
  • Contact Person: Chris Shelton
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 0685615292
  • Preferred Payment Methods: Internet banking transfer (EFT), PAYPAL. Regret no Credit Card facility.
  • Trade Associations: AA Approved


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