SPORT AND WAR or Recollections of Fighting and Hunting in South Africa From the Years 1834 to 1867 with a Narrative of H.R.H. The Ducke of Edinburgh's Visit to the Cape

(London: John Murray, 1875).

EXCEEDINGLY RARE FIRST EDITION, COMPLETE, UNRESTORED AND IN THE ORIGINAL DECORATED CLOTH BINDING. Bisset spent a good many years in South Africa during the time of English expansion in Africa. He records his participation in and leadership roles against what he considered a truly dangerous and formidable enemy, the Kafirs, an insulting term for the native peoples of South Africa. His hope was for an end to the wars and a hope that they be relegated to the past, but he was aware of the constant conflict that would continue to fester as the English attempted domination over the indigenous peoples.
His narratives of field sports are especially engaging and he considered these forays into the landscape, filled with danger and privation to be of especial interest to his readers. The multitude of animals and the wish for a keen pursuit was at the time, one of the great callings of those posted to South Africa.
Bisset begins with a recounting of his first patrols in 1834 and 1835 and moves on to describe battles that took place over many years including The War of the Axe in 1846-7, The Battle of the Guanga, the Affair of the Goolah Heights and the Surrender of Sandilli, The Boomah Pass and the war in 1850. His hunts include those for lion and elephant and various antelope species. He offers also a discussion of South African legends and the cultural icons preserved by the people of the land. Item #70067

Excessively Rare First Edition. With a portrait frontispiece of Major-General Bisset, and 14 other illustrations from original sketches by H.K. Wilson and G. Scanlan, and with the original folding map at the end. 8vo, publisher's original terra-cotta cloth, the spine lettered in gilt, the upper cover bordered with multi-fillet lines in black enclosing floral corner pieces and the whole surrounding a pictorial decoration of an elephand in gilt, white and black at the center, original blue end-leaves. xviii, [2], 268, 32 ads. pp. A handsome and very well preserved copy, the cloth has survived very well indeed and shows just a bit of age or evidence of use, the text-block is sound, bright and clean, the hinges are strong. A very pleasing copy of an excessively rare book.

Price: $2,450.00