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Wallace (Edgar)

UNOFFICIAL DISPATCHES (Presentation copy from the author)

Published: Hutchinson & Co., London, No date (1901)

Edition: First Edition

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327 pages,  frontispiece of Wallace writing 'An official despatch (sic),' original brown cloth titled gilt on upper cover and back, neatly recased, new endpapers, presentation inscription on the front free endpaper, a very good copy.

Presentation inscription reads, 'To J.G. Hellier from Edgar Wallace Capetown 18.2.03.'

Mendelssohn (Sydney) South African Bibliography, volume 2, page 579, 'These letters were originally published in the Daily Mail, and contain many lively and humorous sketches of the war. There are sly hits against the Afrikanders who would not fight for the Boers, but who provided them with everything they wanted and then sent in claims for compensation to the British Government and throughout the volume there is severe censure for the double dealing practiced by the Boer sympathisers all over the Cape Colony. There is also a description of the execution of the train-wreckers who were shot at De Aar, and an account (entitled "In Death's Eye") of an expedition on the railway line resulting in the discovery and description of some of the machines employed for the purpose of blowing up trains by roving bands of Boer guerrillas.’

  • Jacket Condition: Very good
  • Binding Condition: Very good
  • Overall Condition: Very good
  • Size: 8vo (195 x 130 mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Paul Mills
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: africana@clarkes.co.za
  • Telephone: 021 794 0600
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