WAR SKETCHES IN COLOUR

WAR SKETCHES IN COLOUR

(London: Adam & Charles Black, 1903).

AN ESPECIALLY BRIGHT COPY OF THIS FASCINATING ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE BOAR WARS. The author, Captain Stratford Edward St Leger, commanded the Cork Company MI of the Royal Irish Regiment. Although his family was of French/Irish origin he was born in the Cape Colony in 1867 the son of the Anglican Rector of Queenstown. He was educated in England, at Tonbridge school and completed his education at Diocesan College in Rondebosch. He entered the Royal Irish Regiment in 1890 and was an accomplished cricketer and rugby player. In the Boer War he led his company bravely through many battles. He made pencil sketches while on the march and worked them up into coloured paintings when he had time.
The collection is in no sense intended to be a complete history of the Boer War. It is more an attempt to depict a few of the more interesting, and sometimes lesser known, episodes along the advance to Pretoria. Chapters include; The Relief of Kimberly, Some Anecdotes, Siege of Kimberley, After the Siege, Sanna's Post, Crossing the Vaal, Klipriversberg, Life on Commando, the Field Post, Brave Women, Some Leaves from the Sketch Book, and Encouraging the Enemy. Item #29865

First edition and printing. With 66 fine and handsomely reproduced colour plates from the author's sketches and drawings. Large 8vo, in the publisher's original navy blue cloth, the upper cover and spine gilt lettered and decorated in red and orange, t.e.g. xiii, 274pp. An as fine copy, very well preserved, very bright and fresh with minimal evidence of age.

Price: $195.00