William Blackwood, 1st ed., 1900. Xvi + 477 pp., fldg., frontis., + 64 photo & other plates. Re-bound in black cloth ; gilt ; 21 x 14cm. Damp marks to the margins of some plates & pages o/w V.G. The author was a war correspondent for the Daily Mail and Sphere and he wrote this book about his personal adventures in South Africa in the belief that his experiences were almost unique. He explains in the Introduction : "Not only was I present at the battle of Pieters Hill and the subsequent relief of Ladysmith in a soldier's capacity, but having crossed Basutoland by a hitherto un-travelled track, I got through the Boer lines near Thaba Nchu, was taken prisoner at Dewetsdorf, escaped from my Boer guards, and was recaptured at the Reddersburg disaster, into which battle I unwittingly drove, and where I was fired on by both the British and Boer troops ! My enforced journey to Pretoria, culminating in nine weeks' imprisonment, gave me an insight into the manners and methods of the Boers second to none. I also had the opportunity afforded me of being confined in all the three different prisons ! Moreover, my last week in Pretoria, when the famous if premature telegram was sent, and my subsequent journey to Bloemfontain during the time De Wet was cutting lines of communication, form by no means the least interesting items in an eventful six months' campaign." This engaging narrative is supported by a folding frontispiece and a further sixty-four plates. The SCARCE First Edition.