Hobhouse claimed in her preface to this book that the body of evidence that had by then been produced (including works already published) from the women civilians of this war would be \"of utmost value not only to South Africa but to the world at large [to show the people] how war acts upon non-combatants and [to give them] a graphic picture of the misery it inflicts upon those most innocent of its cause\".
Although published two decades after the end of the war, and shortly before Hobhouse\'s own death, the 33 records made and translated by the author all date from the years 1899-1902.
The blue-grey cloth-boards, with black titling on the front cover, are well-preserved and bright, though with a small half-bleached patch near the lower front corner. The binding has loosened. Although the hinges are intact there is some between-sections cracking. The three tipped-in Hobhouse paintings are present and fine but one of the inserted monochrome plates is loose. The plain endpapers are sunned. There is a signature on the front free leaf. The 158 pp of text are unmarked and undiscoloured as are all the inserted colour and monochrome plates.
This is an attractive copy of a book that makes a impassioned plea for reconciliation in South Africa and to the cause of peace.
- Binding Condition: Good
- Overall Condition: Very Good
- Size: 250 x 160