Scenes in Kafirland, and incidents in the Kafir War of 1851-2-3 from sketches by two officers of the 43rd Lt.-Infantry
Author: Anonymous Year: 1854 Edition: First Publisher: London; Messrs. Dickinson Bro's Category: Africa South Price: € 2,250.-
A beautiful colour plate book, folio, 522 x 363 mm. Original cloth with a black label on the frontboard with the titles in gilt. Rebacked with a green morocco spine and the corners strengthened with green morocco as well. The spine divided in six compartments by five raised bands lined in gilt with triple gilt lines at head and tail as well. Gilt title in the second compartment.
Some rubbing of the cloth. A light crease in ffep (free front endpaper), preliminary blank, title page, text page and first guard paper. Some short tears in the margin of the ffep. Occasionally some very light offsetting from the plates to the guard paper.
The plates very clean with bright and vibrant colours.
The book was printed with tinted lithographs, after which, in a part of the edtion, the plates have been coloured by hand. This is one of the copies with finely coloured plates. The book contains 21 lithographs on 18 sheets. All sheets protected by heavy guard paper.
The list of plates, followed by [sequence nr. in Abbey] is as follows:
1) St. Thomas Mountain and Kabusie Peak  2) Troops driving captured Cattle  3) Scene on Patrol in the Amatolas in April 1852  4) The Gulu Mountain  5) View of the Post at Keiskama Hoek and Quilli Quilly Mountain 6) Mount Mc Donald and the Bomah Pass  7) A Convoy of Waggons  8) Cutting Mealies in Golu Valley 
9) The Stretcher  9) "I am the Resurrection and the Life." Saith the Lord 
10) View of the Keiskama Hoek and Mount Kemp Quilly Quilly  11) Coll. Eyre's Brigade  12) The Hogsback and Gaika's Kop  13) Kafir and Hottentot War-Party  14) A Kraal of Waggons  15) The Hill Fort and Mess House 
16) Officers pack Horses in Patrol Order  16) Kafir Women 
17) Prince Kama  17) Cobus Congo and his Wife noseki 
18) Fingoe War Dance by Moonlight 
Abbey lists 2 sheets with 2 plates each, while our copy has 3 sheets with 2 plates each. Despite the fact that Abbey Travel thus lists 19 sheets, we assume that in reality the correct number should be 18 sheets.
Mendelssohn: A collection of interesting lithographic views. The initials of the artists are L.G. and H.R. Note.-On examination of Hart's Army List for 1853, it appears that the only officers of the 43rd Light Infantry answering to these initials were lieutenants Lumley Graham and Hugh Robinson.
An attractive copy of a scarce book.
Abbey Travel 344, Hosken p. 178, Mendelssohn I, p. 801.