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The Border Regiment in South Africa, 1899-1902.

[c.1902]

£265.00 

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From Photographs by Officers of the Regiment. One hundred and twenty-eight half-tone illustrations on sixty-eight leaves. Ownership label to the front pastedown, otherwise very good in the original red cloth, silver gilt, slightly rubbed, spine sunned, marbled endpapers. N.d., Eyre & Spottiswoode,

Hackett p.144.

This copy with the contemporary ownership inscription of "A. Marsh from F.C.M. Jan. 1904" in pencil to the titlepage. A Lieutenant Marsh appears in a couple of photographs, one of them being marked with "Died of Enteric in England". A number of other photographs with extensive pencil annotations (by this or another Marsh?), some of them very humourous versions of imagined dialogue (in English and in Afrikaans) between those characters that feature in the plates, or simply ironic remarks. Next to that of Gen. Mahon and Major Pelly, there is an excellent sketch of one of the men surrounded by the following text, "How do you do Sir? I hope you are enjoying good health in this most trying campaign. Yes I have not had a glass of port for quite a week. Yes sir it is indeed most trying. Last night I quite thought the Boers were on us but would you believe it Sir, it was only some mules that were stampeding. Yes Sir, oh most alarming, Sir. Good morning Sir. Good morning."

Stock Code: 83985