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Balfour, Alice Blanche

Twelve Hundred Miles in a Waggon

Published: Edward Arnold(Publishers) Limited, London/Cape Town, 1895

Edition: First Edition

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The author and her friends on their arrival at Cape Town, stayed for some days at Groot Schuur, and after a short trip which included Basutoland, Johannesburg, and Kimberley, started on their trek to the north. Referring to " the South African Republic," Miss Balfour observed " the ever smouldering irritation of the English" in the Transvaal, "at the inequality of treatment they suffered under the Boers," and she refers to "the contempt in which the latter have held the English ever since the war"(1881).

The journey through Rhodesia appears to have been a great success, and the discomforts of early travelling in the new country were met with unvarying good-humour. There is an interesting account of the quarters occupied by Dr. Jameson and Sir John Willoughby in the newly started township of Bulawayo, these gentlemen having put their habitations at the service of the ladies of the party, and there is a description of what existed of the town in those days. Zimbabwe was visited, and short trips were made to Victoria and Salisbury, both in their infancy at this period. Many lion stories are related, although no lions were encountered, and the author regretfully remarking, " I have spent five months in the country without seeing either lion, crocodile, or hippopotamus. What has been the use of coming to Africa?" After touching at Umtali the party split up. Miss Balfour having decided to return by the East Coast route.

Source : Mendelssohn Volume 1 page 74.

Original red decorative cloth boards,with gilt waggon outline vignette to front board, and gilt lettering to spine. Some rubbing to boards, and with new endpapers.Light wear to head and tail of spine. Tightly bound. Halftitle. Frontispiece. Title. Dedication. Preface. Contents. List of Illustrations. xix plus 265 pages, including coloured folding map and publishers advertisements. Very clean copy.

  • Binding Condition: Very Good
  • Overall Condition: Very Good
  • Size: 22 X 15.5cm
  • Sold By: Quathlamba Winds Books
  • Contact Person: Ian & Yvonne Halford
  • Country: United Kingdom
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