Detailed journal of the history of the frontier wars in South Africa from the 1840s to the Boer War and political developments up to 1907. Major Hook was closely associated with these events as an administrator and soldier. The frontispiece shows Fred Crewe rescuing Major Hook's son Godfrey in Matabeleland. The original of this picture was presented to the Durban Art Gallery by Cecil Rhodes. The book is full of personal descriptions of dramatic historical events and makes very good reading. A scarce book, not often on sale. 32 b&w photographs and sketches, plus a photograph of Sir Walter Currie not included in the table of illustrations. 17 prelim pp and pp 1-434. Red cloth-covered boards, gilt titles on front and spine. Blind stamped frame design on front and back cover. Top corners slightly bumped. Top and bottom edges of spine have small de-laminating tears. Spine sunned. Some foxing throughout, and on tissue guard of frontispiece and title page. Brown stains on prelim pp. Foxing pp 430-434. Back and front endpapers have thin cracks. No DJ. Apart from the defects noted, the book is in Very Good condition. On the ffe the author has written a gift inscription to the famous South African politician, Senator F S Malan. Malan has written his own name and address on the front endpaper. This book is the revised edition, published simultaneously by Juta (this red cloth)in Cape Town and Greaves, Pass and Co (green cloth) in London in 1907. Dated on last page facing p 434 by Greaves, Pass 1907.
- Size: 224 x 143 x 30 mm