THREE YEARS WAR (OCTOBER 1899--JUNE 1902)

(Westminster: Archibald Constable & Co. Ltd, 1902).

FIRST EDITION of this story of a struggle, in the author's words, 'in which a small people fought for liberty and right.' DeWet writes in a simple style and cautions the reader to know that while the book may not contain every incident which occurred in the war, that what is written is nothing but the truth.
De Wet served in the first Anglo-Boer War of 1880–81 as a Field Cornet, taking part in the Battle of Majuba Mountain, in which the Boers achieved a victory over the British forces under Major General Sir George Pomeroy Colley.
His service in the Second Boer War is the stuff of legend. He came to be regarded as the most formidable leader of the Boers in their guerrilla warfare. Sometimes severely handled by the British, sometimes escaping only by the narrowest of margins from the columns which attempted to surround him and falling upon and annihilating isolated British posts, De Wet continued his successful career to the end of the war, striking heavily where he could and evading every attempt to bring him to bay.
He took an active part in the peace negotiations of 1902 and very briefly took on the role of Acting State President of the Orange Free State, when President Steyn had to leave the negotiations due to illness. De Wet was one of the signatories of the Treaty of Vereeniging and at the conclusion of the war visited Europe with other Boer generals. In November 1907, he was elected a member of the first parliament of the Orange River Colony and was appointed minister of agriculture.
De Wet was one of the leaders of the Maritz Rebellion which broke out in 1914. He was defeated at Mushroom Valley by General Botha on 12 November 1914, taken prisoner on 1 December on a farm called Waterbury in the Northwest province near Tosca. The general remarked: "Thank God it is not an Englishman who captured me after all". He was sentenced to a term of six years imprisonment, with a fine of £2000 but was released after one year having given a written promise to take no further part in politics. A hero for the ages, De Wet was given a state funeral in Bloemfontein and buried next to President Steyn and Emily Hobhouse at the foot of the memorial to the women and children who died in the concentration camps. Item #70102

First Edition. Illustrated with an engraved portrait frontispiece, large folding map at rear. 8vo, publisher's original royal blue cloth, gilt-lettered on the upper cover and spine panel. 520, 64 ads. pp. A handsome copy, bright and clean throughout, the binding also bright and well preserved, the gilt in good order and just a bit of age evidence present.

Price: $150.00