The author came to South Africa as a missionary in 1883, and in the course of the ensuing sixty years gained for himself the reputation of being the greatest authority on the Zulus that South Africa has yet produced. His Zulu-English Dictionary, published in 1903, and "Olden Times in Zululand and Natal", published in 1929, are already classical works of reference.
"The Zulu People" is by far his most ambitious work: it is indeed his life's work, in that its material was collected over the years 1883 to 1935, largely by personal contact with the Zulus themselves (including those then living who were related or close to Shaka, Dingane and Mpande) and supported by research into the writings of hundreds of early authorities, travellers, explorers, missionaries, adventurers, etc. The finished book is a veritable mine of information, and is unquestionably the most exhaustive work that has been so far produced on the Nguni Bantu-from whom, of course, the Zulu people are stemmed.
Hardback with clipped dustcover over original grey boards with gilt blocking to spine titles. Half Title, Title, Dedication, A Brief Biography of the Author, Preface, Contents. xiv plus 769 pages text, data and inforamtion. Owners signature to front endpaper.
- Jacket Condition: Very Good
- Binding Condition: Very Good
- Overall Condition: Very Good-Unclipped Dustcover
- Size: 23 X 14cm
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