SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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BOWLER, Thomas William
W.R. Thomson.
The Kaffir Wars and the British Settlers in South Africa. A Series of views from original sketches.

Published
London: Day & Sons; Cape Town & Port Elizabeth: J.C. Jutta; Graham's Town, C. Nixdorff; Edinburgh: Hill, Princes Street, 1865.
References
Not in Abbey or Tooley; Bradlaw & Gordon-Brown pp.195-198; Mendelssohn I, 176-77; Bobins 82.
Plates
20
Binding/Size
M=4to
Value
0-5000
Published
London: Day & Sons; Cape Town & Port Elizabeth: J.C. Jutta; Graham's Town, C. Nixdorff; Edinburgh: Hill, Princes Street, 1865.
Ref
5432

FIRST EDITION. Large 4to, lithographed frontispiece, mounted on card as issued and a further 19 tinted lithographs after the author by E. Jones. In original blind-stamped brown pebble grained cloth, lettered in gilt to upper board, gilt to re-backed spine. This 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 Kaffir War series cannot be overestimated. They show the changing face and contours of the Eastern Province and Border districts more forcibly than the most fluent writing. "Encroaching civilisation has altered the Border districts to such an extent, that it is hard to believe that these pictures were not merely a figment of Bowler's imagination" (Bradlow). In his introduction, the artist expresses the hope that his work if not found very useful in the library among more exhausting travel books...will be thought ornamental in the drawing room. Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontispiece. Cape Point - H.M.S. 'Birkenhead". 2. Main Street, Port Elizabeth. 3. Market Square, Port Elizabeth. 4. Graham's Town, from the Bay Road. 5. Kowie, looking Seaward. 6. Fort Beaufort. 7. Fuller's Hoek, Waterkloof in the distance. 8. Blinkwater Hill. 9. Mount Misery, Waterkloof. 10. Macomo's Den, Waterkloof. 11. Blinkwater Drift. 12. Fort Armstrong, Kat River. 13. Paffer's Kop, near Alice. 14. Chumie. 15. Kieskamma, near Fort Cox. Amatola in the distance. 16. Burn's Hill Missionary Station. 17. Yellow-wood Drift, Lenze Valley. 18. Wolf River. 19. Boma Pass. 20. King William's Town.