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BOWLER, Thomas W.

The Kafir Wars

and the British settlers in South Africa. A series of picturesque views from original sketches by ... descriptive letterpress by W.R. Thomson.

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London, Day, 1865

An attractive book by the 'David Roberts of South Africa'. Inspired by his friend, the writer and fellow artist, Thomas Baines, Bowler embarked on the Waldensian in December 1861 for his tour of the eastern frontier districts, returning at the end of January 1862 with numerous drawings which formed the basis of this book. The views are reproduced in treble tinted lithography and show localities that achieved fame during the eastern frontier struggles. In his introduction the artist expresses the hope that his work 'if not found very useful in the library among more exhausting books of travel ... will be thought ornamental in the drawing room.' The work is considered to be amongst Bowler's finest, particularly the views of Port Elizabeth and its harbour.

'From a geographical point of view, Bowler's Kafir War series cannot be overestimated. They show the changing face and contours of the Eastern Province and

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First edition. Imperial 4to., coloured lithograph frontispiece mounted on card as issued, 19 tinted lithographs, light spotting, original brown pebble-grained cloth decorated in blind, lettered in gilt on upper cover, a very good copy.


Bradlow & Gordon-Brown pp195-198, plates 99-118; Mendelssohn I, 176-77.

Stock ID:98860

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